In the lead up to our annual week-long festivities, Celebrate Lithgow, A Reader’s Heaven has put together a collection of new and used local history books for sale and have them displayed in our front window.
Celebrate Lithgow begins this year with a charity concert on Saturday, followed by the Tour de Range bike-ride the following morning. During the week, there are many bus tours around the region. Over 55’s Big Day Out (formerly Senior’s Day) wil be held again on Wednesday at the Civic Ballroom. Come visit us on the day and pick up some books that will be generously discounted. The whole week culminates on Sunday, 24th November, with a street fair involving wood-chopping, car show, juggling, dancing, music all based around a “Circus” theme.
We are extremely proud to be a part of this community and while we are looking forward to a very positive future, we are proud of our heritage and appreciate any opportunity we get to share this with others.
Books by Ray Christison
Tyldesley – Tells the story of the development of the Great Western Mine/Tyldesley Colliery, and the community that depended on this enterprise for its existence. The story is set within the wider context of the development of coalmining in the Cullen Bullen District from 1888 to 1960.
A Light in the Vale: A history of the development of the Lithgow Coal Miners’ Mutual Protective Association 1875-1900 – This book records the development of trade unionism among the coal and shale miners of the NSW Western Coalfield between 1875 and 1900.
Books by Ollie Leckbandt
The Forgotten Stockade: Old Bathurst Road – This book describes the historical remains and artefacts found at the Mount Walker Stockade (Cox’s River). This includes personal recollections, observations and photographs from the author.
The Mount Walker Stockade: Cox’s River – describes the historical remains and amazing artefacts found at stockade sites along the old Mitchell’s Road to Bathurst. These stockades housed convict road gangs and their regiment guards building the Mitchells Road and bridges over the Cox’s River in the 1830s.
By Coralie Anne Richmond
Blue Mountains: The City Within a Park – Beginning at The Explorers’ Memorial in Penrith, the author follows their route across the Mountains to Hartley. One hundred & nineteen photos, most colour, display scenery, historic buildings, & other features of the region. They are supplemented by paintings of local flora & fauna. Also included are sketch maps & tips for bushwalkers.
By Sharon L. Cross
From Emu Plains to Bathurst: the Great Inns and Hotels – A book dedicated to the past and present hotels that run along the western road to Bathurst. Released to coincide with the Bicentenary of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains.
By John Barnes
Celebrating 100 Years – A Lithgow coal miner, Sir Joseph Cook, who worked at the Vale of Clwydd Colliery, built his home in Macauley Street, and went on to become the 6th Prime Minister of Australia.
Cook’s record in Lithgow, and in Parliament, is one that the residents of Lithgow should be proud of.