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amberley hall 1The Tools and Trades History Society is an educational charity, whose aim is to further the knowledge and understanding of hand tools and the trades in which they were used.


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 Sandy Bathgate has asked us to promote this event in Bathurst, New South Wales.

If you leave now, you should be able to get there by May!





The concept is based around a number of heritage locations, each showcasing genuine heritage artisan trades in Bathurst heritage buildings or precincts over two days, as part of Bathurst Heritage Week, Bathurst Autumn Colours and the National Trust Australian Heritage Festival.

The event dates are Saturday 12 May and Sunday 13 May 2018, 10am to 4pm each day. It is a Bathurst Council led community & visitor event. ...

  1. Convict Women – an exhibition with a focus on food and food preparation at Chifley Home – a smaller space, but with the attraction of the house museum of our famous Prime Minister.
  2. Soft trades in the 1837 Uniting Church Hall in William Street – a great heritage venue with excellent large space and a full commercial kitchen. Spinning and weaving, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, lacemaking, felting, quilting and other soft trades, including workshops - living heritage.
  3. Restoration trades such as pole wood lathe, adze wood shaping, found bush timber furniture, cedar furniture restoration, violin making, decorative joiner, cane furniture restorer, live traditional music and food, At the 1856 Tremains Mill - Tremains is a proven event drawcard space in a heritage precinct.
  4. Farm trades such as blacksmithing, farrier, wheelwright, winemaking, beekeeping, whips, steam engines, sadlier, with a bush BBQ and corn on the cob. At the Agricultural Research Farm Square - the Ag Station is heritage listed by Bathurst Council and has numerous heritage buildings to showcase, including a blacksmiths shop, stables, and (blade) shearing shed.
  5. Wedding Dresses at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. A display and workshops concerning Australian wedding dresses and wedding paraphernalia from across two centuries
  6. Other Venues may be added

Each venue is organised and managed by a team from Bathurst community groups. Each team is responsible for locating, booking and managing the talent for their location and bump in/out, and manning their entrance. Some locations will have live traditional music and food. Demonstrators are able to sell their wares. The venues are ticketed as one & sold through Council facilities and on site. Publicity led by Council. No sideshows, no junk food, no flea market products.

Contact us at … heritagebathurst@gmail.com

Facebook and video at Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail ….


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