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Explore the church & surrounding grounds
The Friends of St Bartholomew's Church are at it again, raising much-needed funds for the restoration of the graves and the church building. They also provide educational programs, while also enlisting community involvement.

Put this Open Day into your Diary. Image courtesy of Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.


Without the tireless work and dedication of this committee and Bankstown City Council, the community would not have historical places like St Bartholomew's Church.

Image courtesy of Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.


To celebrate the 177th anniversary of the opening of the Church back on the 14 April, 1841, an Open Day hosted by The Friends of St Bartholomew's and supported by Blacktown City Council will start at 9am and conclude at 3pm on Saturday the 14th of April 2018.

There will be a free shuttle bus from Blacktown City Council Carpark in Flushcombe Road, Blacktown from 9am, or if you wish, you can park free onsite.

The Town Crier and the NSW Corps of Marines will be their to entertain you. Image courtesy of Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.


For the cost of $6 per person, with children under 12 free, you will be able to explore the church and surrounding grounds of the magnificent historical church.

The Town Crier will start off the official opening at 10am and this is a sight not to be missed. He will also be involved with escorting the Mayor around and announcing the musket firing and drill by the NSW Corps of Marines demonstrations, plus much more.

Listen to the music of the wandering minstrels. Image courtesy of Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.


Don't forget to take along your camera for that photo opportunity with either the Town Crier, the Wandering Minstrels or the NSW Corps of Marines.

Guest Speaker Kerima-Gae Topp will let you into the secrets and history of "Australia's Female Factories".

If you are looking for something special, you can browse through the stalls, both outside and inside the church. There will be gift baskets of biscuits and cheese, plants, crafts, jewellery, handbags, honey form the hive, baby clothes, homemade cakes and chocolates, plus much more.

There will be plenty of stalls on display. Image courtesy of Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.


While there you should also take the time to visit the historical displays, St Bartholomew's cemetery records will be available for family history research. You could take a self-guided cemetery tours, watch a demonstration of simple conservation work done on graves, check out the Local Historical Societies Trade Tables.

Sample the honey while you are there. Image courtesy of Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.


If all of this has worked up a bit of an appetite and you are feeling hungry or are looking for a coffee while there you can always get yourself a sausage from the Blacktown Rotary Sausage sizzle or the coffee van.

Don't forget to check out the NSW Marine Corp demonstrations. Image courtesy of Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.


The church itself has gone through some hard times since it was opened in 1841 and there has been incidents of vandalism and on the 4th November 1989, fire gutted the Church, destroying the 1850s organ and the 1908 furniture. The restoration work was carried out in 2000 at a cost of $1,374,000 and was funded by Blacktown City Council and the Commonwealth and State governments.

Help raise much-needed funds. Image courtesy of Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.


Image courtesy of Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.


Do you know that there are some very historical and important people who have helped shape Sydney and Australia in those early years? People like William Lawson, John and Isabella Luke, Nelson Simmons Lawson, George and Elizabeth Leabon, George and Blanche Weston, James and Mary Ann Watts, Joseph and Ethel Hicks, Rev. George Middleton, Rev. William Knox, Bettington Family and Rev. Frederick Jones.

Some of who were convicts, a famous explorer, returned servicemen, ship captains, postmasters, dairy farmers and reverends.

Image courtesy of Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.


Maybe you are a descendant of someone who is buried there and if you come to the church, you can browse through the church records.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP?

Maybe you would like to become a volunteer and help with the restoration and upkeep of the St Bartholomew's Church? All you need to do is become a member.

The group, all volunteers from the local community work in the cemetery every third Saturday of the month from February to November carrying out jobs like weeding, washing headstones and doing conservation work on graves. If you are interested, all you need to do is contact Jill Finch on (02) 96218225 for further information.
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Why? An open day not to be missed
When: 9am to 3pm
Phone: (02) 96218225
Where: Ponds Road Prospect, NSW
Cost: $6 per person, Childeren under 12 free
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Sounds fun!
by ahalc (score: 0|2) 187 days ago
Without the tireless work and dedication of this committee and Bankstown City Council, the community would not have historical places like St Bartholomew's Church.
ERRRRRRRRRRR,,,BLACKTOWN City Council
by perfr (score: 1|22) 170 days ago
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