As part of the annual care of collection process for framed works, you are invited to view ‘The Bracey Collection: Up Close’. The framed works and ceramic objects will be on exhibition in the Courtyard Gallery and Breakfast Room at Eskbank House Museum during March 2024. The Bracey Collection was unveiled at the museums opening on the 21 November 1966 and is usually on permanent display in the front section of the museum but only seen at a distance from the door of each room.
Eric Bracey (1886 – 1968), a prominent businessman, became interested in Australian history in the 1940s and decided to fund a Lithgow building to preserve local history. He funded the purchase of Eskbank House from Australian Iron & Steel Company in 1948, paying £300. Bracey, with the aid of the Lithgow District Historical Society, began restoring the property and transforming it into a museum.
Inspired by Vaucluse House in Sydney, Bracey sought furniture and objects to represent a domestic environment typical of Thomas and Mary Brown’s time (1800s). Many of the antiques were sourced from a well-known and influential dealer, William (Bill) Bradshaw (1922 – 2009) of Woollahra.
At Eskbank House Museum, 1 Bennett Street, Lithgow Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Market Harvest Day, produce from Mary’s Garden A community heritage garden at Eskbank House
Thursday is harvest day at Mary’s Garden, a community heritage garden at Eskbank House Museum
The produce basket will be loaded and placed on the table at the entrance to Eskbank House Museum at approximately 1.30 pm each Thursday. We’ll post a photo of what’s available on the day.
If you pop by feel free to check out the garden and ask the volunteer gardening team any questions you might have. The garden team are in attendance every Thursday and are happy to harvest for you if there is something that catches your eye. Eskbank House Museum is open from 10 am – 4 pm Wednesday to Sunday.
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?
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.
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