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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Catch up on some local history at Prospect
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Come one, come all to the Annual Back to the St Bartholomew's Day at St Bartholomew's Church and Cemetery on the 29th of April 2017.

Come one, come all to the St Bartholomew's Church.

Back in 2016, the Friends of St Bartholomew's Church and Blacktown City Council celebrated the 175th Anniversary of the opening of the Church and their 10th Annual Open Day and in perfect weather visitors came from far and wide to stroll around the grounds of this magnificent church to catch up with old friends and distant relatives.

Meet up with friends and relatives. Image courtesy of Jill Finch.

Have you lived in the Prospect area before and have moved on?

Do you know of relatives that have lived in the area before?

Are you someone who loves all things historical?

Are you just someone who is just passing through?

If you are, then you should take the time to visit the St Bartholomew's Church on Sunday the 29th of April and join in the fun.

Get yourself a picture with the Town Crier. Image courtesy of Jill Finch

Meet the NSW Corps of Marines. Image courtesy of Jill Finch.

There will be a Town Crier, NSW Corps of Marines demonstrations, wandering minstrels, historical displays on the church and the cemetery, a family connections registration table, St Bartholomew's cemetery records available for research, self-guided tours, a variety of stalls to purchase goods from, demonstration of simple conservation work that is carried out on the graves, local historical society trade tables and light refreshments for you to purchase.

Enjoy the music of the wandering minstrels. Image courtesy of Jill Finch

Pick up something hand made while you are there. Image courtesy of Jill Finch

Watch the demonstrations from the NSW Corps of Marines. Image courtesy of Jill Finch.

There will be an official opening at 10am and you will also be able to sit down and listen to the guest speaker, Peter Filmer OAM, Manager Events and Sister Cities, Blacktown City Council talk to you about "St Barts. It could have been very different".

"St Barts. It could have been very different". Image courtesy of Jill Finch.


There will be a free shuttle bus from Blacktown City Council carpark, Flushcombe Road, Blacktown from 9am or you could drive and park near the St Bartholomew's church.

Click here for more information.

For more information on the St Bartholomew's Church you can click on the following links:

Friends of St Bartholomew's Church.

The Church.

The Graves.

Become a member.


Take a self-guided tour of the church and surrounds. Image courtesy of Jill Finch

Get yourself a coffee while you are there. image courtesy of Jill Finch.

Whether you are into learning more about the local history of the St Bartholomew's Church and Cemetery, have any ties to the people who are buried there or just looking a great day out, you need to put the 11th Annual Back to St Bartholomew's Church Day on your bucket list of things to do.
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Why? A great day out for all
When: 9am to 3pm
Phone: (02) 9621 8225
Where: Ponds Road, Prospect, NSW Australia. (between the M4 and The Great Western Highway)
Cost: $6 per person, Children under 12 free.
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