Pillars of Bathurst

Pillars of Bathurst

Pillars of Bathurst Gardens

What are the Pillars of Bathurst?

The Pillars of Bathurst is a community history project. In the 1990s, the former Bathurst City Council purchased cast-iron verandah posts from the historic Royal Hotel in William Street. These posts have formed the basis of a cultural heritage memorial garden to remember people important to the development of our community, but for whom there were no other memorials to their contributions and achievements. 

In 2015, when Bathurst celebrated its bicentenary as Australia’s first inland European settlement, 22 names were added to the Pillars of Bathurst, which are now a feature of the Macquarie River Bicentennial Park heritage precinct. 

The Pillars were a legacy project and new names were added each Proclamation Day. The 80 plaque spaces have now been filled. 

Bathurst Library continues the Pillars of Bathurst in digital form as part of the promotion and preservation of our community history.  

Nominate a Pillar

Pillars of Bathurst is hosted in digital form by Bathurst Library from 2024. Nominations are open for 2024. 

Visit the original Pillars

Bathurst Pillars Podcast 

Bathurst Pillars Podcast provides a storytelling component to the project. Each episode talks about an individual ‘Pillar’, their history, their story and the relevance today. It is produced by 2MCE in partnership with Bathurst Regional Council. 

Listen to Bathurst Pillars episodes