Voices from the past

Voices from the past

Session 1
Deaconess Cordelia Moberly (and father) at St Paul’s, Lithgow, a presentation by Keith Painter

Cordelia Moberly served as a Deaconess at St Paul’s, Lithgow, from September 1922 to January 1924. Her father, Rev. E. G. Moberly, had preceded her as locum tenens at St Paul’s on several occasions in the early 1900s.
The Moberly family story has connections with Bishops and Archbishops, the Suttors of Bathurst, pioneering photography, discoveries at the Mitchell Library, and great tragedies.

Session 2
Discussion session on Lithgow Heritage Tourism led by Ramsay Moodie

A discussion session looking at what we have as written material supporting the sale of our history to heritage tourists and to students/prospective heritage tourists, lovers of colonial history.
History is very tangible in our region. There is much to see that is related directly to the colonial period of New South Wales/Australia’s early development. In addition, there is a wealth of written material that can be used to “tell” our story.
Heritage tourism as one element of our tourism economy has great potential for all the reasons outlined above. How do we prepare for this, how do we organise our resources in a way to ensure that we can really tell the story of our history?

Dates & Times
28 September 2023 5pm to 7pm


What’s in Your Backyard – Seven Valleys Locals Day

What’s in Your Backyard – Seven Valleys Locals Day

An event especially for Seven Valleys locals, come and rediscover our magnificent home region. Show your proof of residence in the Lithgow City Council area and you will receive discounts and free entry to participating attractions on Sunday 17th September 2023.

Attractions include:

Zig Zag Railway – Concession Prices for locals
Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park – Free entry for locals
Eskbank House Museum – Free entry for locals
Hartley Historic Site – Half price Courthouse & Church tour for locals
Glen Davis Ruins Tour – Gold coin donation for locals

For all information and to book Zig Zag Railway tickets go to https://sevenvalleys.com.au/event/backyard/

These are great savings especially for locals, so get out and support these attractions by making a day of it, enjoy the spring weather and reacquaint yourself with what’s in your backyard.

Selections: Highlights of LCC Acquisitive Art Collection at Eskbank House Museum 

Selections: Highlights of LCC Acquisitive Art Collection at Eskbank House Museum 

Eskbank House Museum has Lithgow City Council Artworks on display.


As an addition to the very successful Selections: Highlights from Lithgow City Council’s Acquisitive Art Collection exhibition currently on display at the Seven Valley’s Visitor Centre, Eskbank has brought more art works out of storage for the community to enjoy.


Included in the exhibition are a variety of works featuring the Eskbank House, the Blast Furnace, Hassans Walls, Cooerwull Academy and the Woollen Mills. Artists include Mary Hailstone, Heliodore Hawthorne, E J McKenzie, Stanley Ballard, K Ballard, Walter Brunner, Tim Johnman T.G. Moyle and Reg Campbell.


The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm. The exhibition is free or combine with a Museum tour for $5 or $2.50 concession.




Mary’s Garden, a heritage style kitchen garden – winter pruning session

Mary’s Garden, a heritage style kitchen garden – winter pruning session

Mary’s Garden is a heritage styled kitchen garden at Eskbank House Museum. This garden was designed and seasonally cared for by Arborist and Heritage Garden consultant Jessica Lawn of Arborvitae. The project was funded by NSW Recovery grant after the major bushfires of 2019/20.

As a final event for this funded project Jessica Lawn will demonstrate winter pruning for the garden fruit trees. This event is open to the Lithgow Community, and it is an invitation to come and share this wonderful peaceful space.

This event is funded by NSW Recovery Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund

Where: Eskbank House Museum Lithgow
Thursday, 22 Jun 2023
: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Bookings are via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/marys-garden-a-heritage-style-kitchen-garden-winter-pruning-session-tickets-653679321447

More information
Lithgow City Council https://council.lithgow.com/
Eskbank House Museum https://eskbank.lithgow.com/

Connecting with nature through native bees

Connecting with nature through native bees

  • Which native bees might I find in Lithgow?
  • Where do native bees live?
  • Why is pollination important when saving seeds for my garden?
  • Why are native bees better pollinators than honey bees?
  • How can I attract native bees into my garden?
  • How can native bees help connect me with nature?

Eskbank House Museum’s heritage garden was designed to welcome all members of the community. It is a sanctuary for birds, insects, reptiles and humans alike.

Join Megan Halcroft (PhD), in Mary’s garden, Eskbank House Museum, Bennett Street, Lithgow

Sunday the 25th of June, 2023. From 11am to 1pm

Bookings via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/connect-with-nature-through-native-bees-tickets-652558338557

Photo credit: Tracie McMahon (garden) & Bees Business (Lasioglossum lanarium on chicory)

This event is funded by a NSW Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience grant and is hosted by Lithgow City Council – Eskbank House Museum