Bathurst Artisan Trades Trail
1. ABERCROMBIE HOUSE
CEDAR RESTORATION AND FRENCH POLISHING
Exhibitions, displays and artisans reviving the trade work and restoration of cedar furniture. Enjoy activities and demonstrations at the cedar furniture marketplace. Coffee shop will be open in this privately owned outstanding example of Victorian Tudor style architecture.
2. MCDOWELL’S HERBAL TREATMENTS
CLASSICAL HERBAL MEDICINES
Authentic, classical herbal medicine. View natural formulations and restorative mixes handmade for good health. Treating humans and animals, specialising in alternative animal health.
3. MISS TRAILL’S HOUSE
Come and see lace being made on
Saturday 13 May from 10am to 3.30pm.
and don’t miss the display of lace and linens at historic
Miss Traill’s House and Garden.
Built in 1845, Miss Traill’s is a house museum containing a wide
and varied collection of furniture, ceramics, horse racing memorabilia and art. Take a delightful stroll through the heritage garden.
4. OLD GOVERNMENT COTTAGE
GROW YOUR GARDEN
Learn about seed saving, cuttings and propagation
and watch the pruning demonstrations
on Saturday & Sunday 10am to 12noon.
The building known as Old Government Cottage is a rare, intact example of an early Bathurst home located in the area of
the old Government settlement.
5. GUIDES HALL
WIRADJURI POSSUM SKIN CLOAK MAKING AND THE RIVER YARNERS KNIT AND CROCHET
The Bathurst Wiradjuri community invites you to join them in the unique opportunity of making a Possum Skin Cloak.
Knit and crochet with the River Yarners who are making Australian animals, plants, birds and bugs to put on the 80 metre-long knitted ‘Macquarie River’. Beginners welcome.
6. BATHURST DISTRICT HISTORICAL MUSEUM
PHOTOGRAPHS OF BATHURST’S RICH HISTORY
The very popular photographic exhibition mini ‘Snapshots’ has returned.
Come in and have a look and see if your favourite photo is up,
or pick a new one! Also – antique and historic cameras on display, books for sale in our Museum Bookshop, and free entry to the Museum for Artisan Trade Trail ticket holders.
7. UNITING CHURCH HALL
SPINNING, WEAVING, EMBROIDERY AND ALL THINGS TEXTILE
In this 1837 heritage Hall more than a dozen craftspeople will show you the inside secrets to textiles, lapidary and hand printing. Quilts, bead-craft, wirework, candlewicking, textile art, crocheting, ethnic and Islamic embroidery, weaving and spinning, plus displays including a Victorian high tea, heritage clothing and more. Bring mum and grandma for a lovely experience.
8. TREMAIN’S MILL MARKETPLACE
BUILDING, TIMBER AND THINGS OF WOOD
See the heritage artisans creating out of wood, bricks, glass and stone. Listen to their stories and the tricks of the trade.
Get hands on with hand-made. Enjoy the trades photographic exhibition, savour some local wines and some great coffee.
Buy some wonderfully crafted timber objects, and experience
one of Bathurst’s heritage icons.
9. CHIFLEY HOME
19TH CENTURY CONVICT WOMEN’S TRADES AND A BONNET DISPLAY
Convict women who came to Bathurst between 1815 and 1845 brought over 60 trades and skills to ensure that Bathurst grew into a prosperous region. Come and see the display of bonnets made locally to honour these women. A 19th century handcraft display includes demonstrations of spinning, embroidery and cheese-making.
Light refreshments available on site, provided by the CWA
Tour the home of Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his wife, Elizabeth
– original collection of household furnishings and personal effects.
10. AGRICULTURE RESEARCH STATION FARM SQUARE
AGRICULTURAL AND FARM TRADES
Observe the “Old Trades” performed before your eyes as enthusiasts make wooden wagon wheels, blacksmith tools and parts, whips, leather goods, ropes, wooden tools and structures, do stone letter cutting, blade shear sheep, shoe horses, and work Clydesdale horses.
See tools and machinery used at the research station
– both old and new. See antique transportation vehicles
such as large and small wagons, a sulky or two,
and maybe a Cobb & Co coach and a fancy carriage.
Join a guided short tour of the historic buildings, grounds
and Landcare Nursery. See posters of the site history.
Enjoy farm animals and take a ‘selfie with a kelpie’.
Parking, coffee and food available on site.