Museums & Heritage

Glen Davis Ruins Tour

The Glen Davis Shale Oil Works, located in the Capertee Valley, was one of the largest employers in the area. Producing gasoline, the operation was an important strategic resource during the war era. In its heyday about 2,500 people lived in the township.

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Small Arms Factory Museum

In 1912, the Government built the Small Arms Factory in Lithgow to produce weapons and small arms. The factory was the first modern manufacturing facility in Australia. The Museum presents a visual journey into the social and engineering history of this renowned...

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Turon Technology Museum

The Turon Technology Museum displays the engines of the Industrial Revolution covering the period 1850-1950. Exhibits include the steam and internal engine and the internal combustion engine and its development.

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Newnes

Newnes was once a thriving oil shale works and town. At its peak approximately 2,000 people lived there – now only ruins are left, slowly being reclaimed by the gum forest. Interpretive signs tell the story of this once thriving industry and the workers who called...

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Maiyingu Marragu (Blackfellows Hands)

The Blackfellows Hand Aboriginal Place has Aboriginal rock shelters with painted art, a teaching site and occupation site. Blackfellows Hand Aboriginal Place was an important meeting and educational place and holds special meaning for Wiradjuri people. The place is...

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History Avenue

Lithgow was an inevitable town, there were so many reasons for it to exist, and to exist where it is, that it just had to be. So wrote the historian of the Small Arms Factory, Tony Griffiths. But as he himself asks, how did Lithgow, the country of the Wiradjuri and...

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Hartley Historic Site

Park the carriage and water the horses while you have an ale, unless you are here for Court. At least that was the case in the 1830’s.

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Blast Furnace Park

The remnants of the Blast Furnace stand tall reminding us that Lithgow was the birthplace of the Australian iron and steel industry. Constructed in 1913, the Lithgow Blast Furnace, at its peak, produced 105,000 tonnes of pig iron produced primarily for use by the...

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State Mine Heritage Park

The poppet head towers above the first State Government owned coal mine, signifying the struggle to bring the black gold to the surface. The museums collection of memorabilia and artefacts depict working life in Australia’s coal mines. Lithgow State Mine’s newest...

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Eskbank House & Museum

Eskbank House and Museum is the heart of history, art and culture in Lithgow. Discover the opulent Bracey Furniture Collection. Explore the blacksmith area. View the largest collection of Lithgow Pottery in Australia. Enjoy the art exhibitions in the Courtyard...

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