Treasures from Under the Floorboards

Sometimes it is amazing what comes to light during renovations – especially under old floorboards! Treasures that give a fascinating glimpse into our past.

One such treasure recently turned up during the Union Theatre renovations. Workmen uncovered an old handbill advertising ‘Wild Australia’ – a show involving bucking bullocks, buckjumpers, including 16 year old champion lady buckjumper Miss Dorrie Phillips, champion horsemen, whip crackers and lasso experts.

Unfortunately apart from the dates of the performances, the year was unknown. A little bit of investigative digging by Library staff through the Lithgow Mercury on Trove uncovered the dates – 19 & 20 April 1922. The handbill is in remarkable condition given it is almost 100 years old and gives a glimpse into entertainment from a different time.

The show appeared to be popular, returning year after year until around 1949. Local riders would sign up to compete to win prize money but were generally not very lucky. One of the selling points was that it is a ‘wholesome’ show suitable for ladies and children, as well as men.

The Library is always happy to receive such treasures for the local history collection. In particular, old photographs, history relating to Lithgow and district, and even issues of the Lithgow Mercury or other local papers prior to 1898. These older papers are scarce, and occasionally turn up during renovations or hiding under grandma’s linoleum. The handbill will now be preserved and added to the Library collection.

For more information on the Lithgow Library local history collection drop into the Library between 10:00am to 12:00pm Monday to Friday or contact the library on 63529100.

Free Creative Narrative Writing Course at the Library

Lots of us have stories to tell, but sometimes getting them on to paper proves to be a challenge, so a free 8 week creative narrative writing course starting soon at the Lithgow Library might just get you started.

“There was a lot of interest in the session held earlier in the year and the participants had a great time,” said Mayor Ray Thompson. “I am sure once again that this course will be popular, especially because it is free, so I encourage you to book early”.

The course will start on Wednesday 14 August 2019 and run through until 2 October 2019. It will be held in the library meeting room between 11:00am and 12.30pm. Places are limited to ensure everyone gets the best result from the course, so bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the Library on 63529100.

Be Connected – learn digital literacy skills at your local library

Your local libraries at Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang will be holding sessions on the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet. To further improve your knowledge you can bring your own device or use the library devices.

Sessions will be held starting from 22 July 2019 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in Lithgow and starting from 29 July 2019 at Portland and Wallerawang Branch Libraries. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Lithgow Library on 63529100.

Starts 22/7/19

Bookings only

Plastic Free July Morning Tea

Take the pledge and support Lithgow’s Plastic Free July morning tea Wednesday 17th July at the Lithgow Library.

Did you know; Australians use 1.3 million tonnes of plastic each year!

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

To celebrate Plastic Free July, Lithgow Council will be holding a plastic free morning tea at Lithgow Library on Wednesday 17 July 2019 commencing at 10.30am.

Councillor Cassandra Coleman said “Most of us are aware that plastic will survive in the environment for hundreds of years. Rather than biodegrading, plastic photodegrades, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces. Plastic is also lightweight and moisture resistant, meaning it can float easily in air and water, and travel long distances. To celebrate Plastic Free July and encourage people to Choose to Refuse single use plastic, Council would like to invite the community to Morning Tea. Please come along and do your part in reducing single use plastics.”

The best way to limit creating plastic waste is to prevent using it in the first place; avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle!

If you can’t make to morning tea and you would like to pledge your support online visit or or Councils website