Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"The Making of Our Nation" - National Trust Heritage - 9th to 24th April

In its 30th year, 2010 National Trust Heritage Festival, is celebrating our rich built, cultural and natural heritage by being part of one of the longest running community festivals in New South Wales. "The Making of Our Nation", also marks the 200th anniversary of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s 12 years as the 5th Governor of the Colony of New South Wales.

Ian Carroll OAM, President of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) comments that:-

"Governor Macquarie made an outstanding and extensive contribution to the growth of the State of New South Wales and his many legacies endure. He is widely recognised as being responsible for transforming the new colony from a penal settlement to a flourishing society. This was ultimately achieved through his visionary leadership and strength of character".

The Making of Our Nation - Lithgow’s Industrial Heritage

In the crossing of the Blue Mountains, coal was noted on the slopes of the ranges. The Great Western Railway reached the valley, opening up commercial exploitation of the resource. Soon after, the need for iron and steel in the developing nation saw the establishment of the Eskbank Iron Works. And so the rest is history, covering coal, shale oil, iron and steel, Lithgow Pottery and defense manufacturing history.

During the National Trust Heritage Festival, Lithgow Library will host an exhibition of photographs and a series of author walks and talks

Featured authors

Leonie Knapman - Shale Oil,- 8/4/2010

Mark Langdon—Railways 15/4/2010

Ian Rufus - Lithgow—Valley Pottery 22/4/2010

Ray Christison - Western Coalfields 22/4/2010

Tony Griffiths— Small Arms Factory 29/4/2010.

Exhibition Opening

And refreshments at Lithgow Library on Thursday 8th of April, from 4—5pm R.S.V.P. preferred for catering.

To be followed by our first author talk From 5-6 pm Leonie Knapman - Shale Oil History.

Admission is free

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