The Bracey Collection: Up Close Exhibition

The Bracey Collection: Up Close Exhibition

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 

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Summer Market Harvest Basket Day Come and Help

Summer Market Harvest Basket Day Come and Help

The Community Heritage Garden Team shares the produce from Mary’s Garden with the community.

In the school holidays come to the museum to pick your own vegetables and help prepare for the next season’s planting. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday 18 January 2024

Drop-in anytime from 11.30am to 3pm

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Summer Market Harvest Basket Day Come and Help

Market Harvest Day, produce from Mary’s Garden

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.

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

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.