Book Showcase

About our Bookshop

The Bathurst Historical Museum is home to one of the largest selections of local history publications and rare, self-published books about the district. Souvenirs, photographs and tourist information sheets are also available.

  • Bew Chip's Register

    Bew Chip's Register

    Translated by Ely Finch, with a historical background by Juanita Kwok
    Bew Chip arrived in NSW in 1865, hoping to make his fortune. He was a resident of Hill End and Tambaroora district of NSW for 72 years. Between 1865 and 1890, Bew Chip kept a record of gold he sent back to China, initially by returning countrymen and later through firms in Sydney and Shekki, near Canton. Bew Chip’s register is the only Chinese language gold miners register to have survived and is a rare source of the identities of some of the district’s Chinese mining population.
  • 100 Heritage Homes In Bathurst District

    100 Heritage Homes In Bathurst District

    by Lee Steele
    One of our best-sellers, 100 Heritage Homes of Bathurst and District written by Lee Steele was published in 2015, to coincide with the Bathurst bicentenary. Volumes 2 and 3 subsequently followed in 2018 and 2021, owing to the popularity of local history, interest in domestic architecture and the rich heritage in the Bathurst district. By popular demand, Volume 4 is currently underway and due for publication in 2023. Volumes 1, 2 and 3 in stock now at the Bathurst Historical Museum and Bookshop!
  • Elizabeth Chifley's Recipes

    Elizabeth Chifley's Recipes

    by Angie Peard
    Down Busby Street: Neighbourhood Recipes From Elizabeth Chifley’s Collection contains some of the favourites from the wife of the former prime minister and Bathurst boy Ben. recipes. The cookbook is available for purchase from the Bathurst District Historical Society Museum's Bookshop.
  • Gudyarra, The First Wiradyuri War of Resistance

    Gudyarra, The First Wiradyuri War of Resistance

    by Stephen Gapps
    In his recently published book Gudyarra, The First Wiradyuri War of Resistance, award-winning historian Stephen Gapps tells of the occupation of Wiradyuri Country and the resistance warfare between 1822 and 1824 around the Bathurst region. On sale at the Museum's Bookshop!
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