While it may be the stuff of Indiana Jones movies, archeological sites could soon be springing up around the city as Bathurst Regional Council seeks to uncover more about early settlement life in the area.
As part of the lead up to the Bathurst’s centenary celebrations in 2015, council has commissioned renowned historian Dr Robin McLachlan to delve deeper into local history.
Working with archeologist Dr Edward Higginbothom, Dr McLachlan will investigate whether there are sites worth exploring that could tell us more about the early history of Australia’s oldest inland settlement.
Interested members of the community are invited to learn more about the project at an information evening at Bathurst City Community Club at 5.30pm on Thursday, May 9.
Mayor Monica Morse said Bathurst is unique in terms of Australia’s history, being the first settlement west of the Blue Mountains.
“What was happening here in and around the area we know as the Bathurst central business district, was very much part of our country’s penal history,” she said.
“Many people may not know there was a military barracks and prisoners’ barracks built only a few blocks from the Macquarie River and along with a store, hospital, Government House and other buildings, there are sure to be traces of how these early settlers lived.
“There are probably quite a few local people who, over the years, have come across interesting items or sites on their properties and we are looking now to these people to help us build a clearer picture of day-to-day life in those early days.”
This current project is a recommendation of the Bathurst Regional Archaeological Management Plan which identifies opportunities for conservation, research, archaeological investigation, interpretation and display, as well as education and cultural tourism.
For more information about the community meeting or the Early Settlement History Project contact council on 6333 6211.
A copy of the Bathurst Regional Archaeological Management Plan is available on Council’s website.