History Week 2022 Author Talk by Peter Baker

History Week 2022 Author Talk by Peter Baker

A free Hands-on History author talk will be held at Eskbank House Museum titled ‘Crying Hearts, Healing Hands’, the life journeys of James and Leo Bamber.

The History Week theme for 2022 – Hands-on History invites us to explore histories by or about people who do things with their hands, whether for work or play. (History Council of NSW, 2022)

‘Crying Hearts, Healing Hands’ follows the early roving life of solicitor, town clerk and coroner James Bamber and his wife Kate across Victoria and country New South Wales in the nineteenth century before ‘dropping anchor’ in 20th century Lithgow. It is a story marked with joy and sorrow spanning the Great Depression years. The weight of the economic collapse hurts Lithgow more than many other country towns. Into this mire the aging James takes on the role of Lithgow’s coroner.

Hand in hand with James’s journey is the story of his son Leo who was a footballer, doctor, World War One veteran and, a leader. The pair worked often ‘hand in hand’ in the coronial court system, and later Leo found his love bond with Lucy Boon. Leo fought for causes that affected the poor and disadvantaged in Lithgow. But Leo had another side. He was an entertainer. He had a touch of the entrepreneur, and he was a man who loved the Lithgow people, and the community loved him in return. The presentation is one family’s story of Australian country life – a hands on life journey. (Baker 2022)

Lithgow City Council invites you to Eskbank House Museum on Saturday 3 September 2022 at 2:00pm for a free talk by Peter Baker on the life journeys of James and Leo Bamber. Peter Baker is a retired lawyer who is married with five children and conducted a legal practice in suburban Sydney for about thirty years. He has an interest in creative nonfiction and family history, and more particularly the history of Lithgow. He has written a book on Lithgow rugby league and had several articles published in ‘Traces’ magazine.

Bookings are preferred but not required for this event and can made via Eventbrite, light refreshments will be provided.


This event will also be available online via Zoom as a live streaming event. To access the online event, you will need to have the Zoom App https://zoom.us/ on your device and details for joining online are part of Eventbrite ticket.

These events celebrate and increase community awareness of the cultural diversity and rich history and heritage of the Lithgow LGA.

This is an official event of History Week 2022, supported by the History Council of NSW.

School holiday program – Halloween Workshop


Jack-O’-Lanterns Workshop with Ludwina Roebuck

Friday 29th September, 11am – 1pm

For all ages


Bookings are essential. Workshop and afternoon tea free, museum entry fee applies

To book phone 6354 9999


Get crafty and create a spooktacular installation of nightmarish Jack-O’-Lanterns that will glow wildly in Main Street during Lithgow Halloween. Explore your dark imaginings to dream up ghoulish faces and devilish creatures that will scare your friends and family!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to work with a talented local artist to create a unique installation to haunt Lithgow’s streets for Halloween 2017.

 To see some of Ludwina Roebuck’s wonderfully quirky creations, you will find her installation shining over Pioneer Park in Main Street, produced as part of Tidy Town’s Laneways Project.

School Holiday Program – Writing Workshop


Kim Kelly

Sunday 9th July, 10am – 1pm

Ages 12+


Bookings are essential, workshop is $30 includes free museum entry

To book phone 6354 9999

Do you love to write but get stuck for inspiration? Stories are all around you, if you look carefully, and your hometown is bursting with them.

In this fun workshop, well-known writer Kim Kelly will take you on a virtual tour of Lithgow that will ignite your imagination. Lithgow’s landscapes and streetscapes, and the valley’s rich history, all have tales to tell. Myths, legends and family stories can inspire your own too – but no-one will tell the tales of your home the way you do.

Whether you dream of becoming a writer yourself or you just love telling tales, you won’t look at Lithgow the same way once you’ve begun Writing Home.

Bring pen and paper or other writing device.

Kim Kelly is the acclaimed Australian author of six novels, including the much-loved Black Diamonds, set in Lithgow during World War One.

A well-known book editor and literary consultant for Varuna, The National Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains, Kim has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years.

Kim is a passionate believer in the importance of all our stories. Her workshops are safe, inclusive spaces where everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences, in an environment of respect for diversity.

You can find out more about her work on: https://kimkellyauthor.com/

Waste2art Competition and Exhibition 2017

Waste2art Competition and Exhibition 2017

Enter the Waste2Art Competition now!

Local students, artists, and creative groups are invited to take up the challenge to turn waste into art.

Waste2Art is an art competition and exhibition open to local residents of all ages. It showcases and celebrates creative works made from reused and recyclable waste materials, and aims to challenge people’s perception of waste.

The annual waste theme for 2017 is Plastic Bags and Plastic Packaging however artworks can be made from any recyclable materials. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category.


  • Entry forms are to be submitted no later than 10 May, 5pm.
  • Artwork entries to be delivered to Eskbank House and Museum on Tuesday 16 May between 12pm and 4pm.
  • Exhibition dates are Saturday 20 May until 4 June 2017.
  • Official Opening and Awards Presentation: Friday 19 May 2017 commencing at 6pm, winners in each of the categories will be announced and light refreshments will be served.
  • Winning artworks from each category will be transported to Orange City Council for the Regional Competition from July 8 2017 for a period of 12 weeks.


ENTRY FORMS  can be downloaded Here

Full terms and conditions can be downloaded Here

Alternatively, forms are available from

Lithgow City Council Customer Service

Lithgow Library Learning Centre



Summar Hipworth
Cultural Development Officer
Lithgow City Council
T: 6354 9999
E: council@lithgow.nsw.gov.au