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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