Keith Painter

Author Talk – Keith Painter. Padley of the Pedestal ~James McMillan Padley

Keith Painter

This book is more than just a biography. Within its pages over 500 photos, news clips, documents, maps, and transcripts will take you on a journey with the Padley family from 1801 Yorkshire, England, through the Victorian gold rush at Castlemaine, followed by the heady days of Melbourne’s boom years, then “home” to England. But the great Southern land of opportunity called the family back in the 1880s. For James there were shop ventures in Sydney, Windsor, and northern NSW, followed by a ten-year yo-yo relationship with Windsor, finally settling in Lithgow in 1902. Here he put down roots and was soon the driving force in the Lithgow Progress Association and the chief instigator of the development of Hassans Walls.


Keith Painter came to book writing from a background in typesetting and printing, having worked in Australia, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. In 1994 he wrote and published his first Pocket Pal bushwalking guide. The series of Blue Mountains guides now numbers eight titles with combined sales of over 7,000 copies. Researching bush tracks led Keith into local history, writing The Chert Bubble’s two volumes on Mount Victoria’s 1920s chert industry, followed by Hassans Walls ~ Prized and Pillaged. Studying the Hassans Walls story made him realise what an immense contribution James Padley had made to the Reserve and to Lithgow. Keith hopes to write further local history and bushwalking titles. He is a member of Lithgow & District Family Historical Society, Blue Mountains Historical Society and an individual member of the Blue Mountains Association of Cultural and Heritage Organisations.

Date of Activity: 19 October 2018             

Time:    3pm

Cost: Free

Age/s All

Bookings required: No

Dilettante Artists Exhibition!

A dilettante artist is someone who creates art for pleasure. A dabbler!

Queen Victoria loved to paint watercolours and was often described as a dilettante artist. Lithgow Library is showcasing some local dilettante artists work during the month of October.

During October Lithgow Library will be hosting an eclectic display of talented local artists. We have artists showcasing various different mediums; from weaving and book art, to drawing and resin art. With something for everyone, this display will engage the senses and delight the eye.

The library has hosted some amazing artworks from local artists this year and it showcases what talent is in our community. This exhibition will provide a variety of different styles and mediums for the community to engage with.

This exhibition will showcase local Capertee photographer Samantha Ellis; artist Norman Lindgren; art and home décor creator Leesa Peterson; book artist and weaver Megan Butler; and book artist Lee Morris.

For more information on this free exhibition contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100.


European Wasp Management Information Session at Lithgow Library

Following a season of high European Wasp activity and community interest, Council has organised a free information session to assist property owners safely manage this pest on their properties.

Lithgow Mayor Stephen Lesslie said “there were near misses last season with residents and European Wasps. I encourage all residents interested in learning how to safely manage and live with wasps to come along to this free information session”.

Time: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Date: 17th September 2018

Location: Lithgow Library – Meeting Room

RSVP before Friday 14th September


The one hour information session will be presented by a local pest control expert from Wolfman Pest Control. Participants will be provided with information on safety and management techniques followed by a question & answer session.

Mayor Lesslie concluded “European Wasps are aggressive and will sting if threatened. Its important people are informed about the best management of these pests”.


Damon Cupitt
Team Leader Environment
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

A Walk in the Bush

A Walk in the Bush

A Walk in the Bush

A Walk in the Bush

By Gwyn Perkins.

A delightful stroll through the Australian bush, this picture book has just been named Picture Book of the Year by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

A walk in the Bush is a story about the wonders of nature, the funny side of life and spending time with the ones we love.

This book is available for loan from the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

Insomniac city

Insomniac City

Insomniac city

Insomniac City

By Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city’s incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera. 

And he unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbour, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance–“I don’t so much fear death as I do wasting life,” he tells Hayes early on–is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age seventy-five to facing illness and death (Sacks died of cancer in August 2015). Insomniac City is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of life. Filled with Hayes’s distinctive street photos of everyday New Yorkers, the book is a love song to the city and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace it offers.


This book is available for loan from the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.