HEATGG volunteers are continually involved in a variety of projects. Here you will find regular updates and new projects as they develop.
Digging into the Past – Pioneer Cemeteries in the Hill End & Tambaroora District (ongoing)
Aim, objective & outcome of the project
HEATGG aims to locate the Pioneer Cemeteries at Tambaroora and Bald Hill as well as record a history of all other known cemeteries in the locale.
Our objective is to produce a comprehensive list of deaths in the district and record the burial places of these people if known.
The outcome will be a multimedia publication which will be of interest to descendants, local and family history researchers, libraries and the general public.
Our work so far:
Grant funding from Bathurst Regional Council and the Royal Australian Historical Society allowed us to engage forensic archaeologist, Dr. Louise Steding and her husband Gerald, to carry out stage 1 of the project. They used Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), to survey the 3 sites chosen. After establishing the approximate location volunteers cleared the sites to make them accessible for the survey. A final report of this aspect has been produced.
Part 1 of the project also included recording of our activities at the three sites on video and this is available to be viewed here:
Photographer Di Greenhaw also recorded the events and produced a Photobook for our archives. The web album can be viewed on our Gallery page or click here to view the “Digging into the Past” web album.
Our volunteers, spearheaded by Helen Wood, continue to troll through the available records and newspaper articles to establish an exhaustive listing of deaths and burials in the district. Click here to view an online sample of this collaborative work: “Hill End, Tambaroora & District burials”.
Golden Thirst: Colonial Hotels and Inns of Hill End, Tambaroora and the surrounding district (in preparation)
This book will cover the history of over 170 Inns and Hotels, Publicans and Breweries with an emphasis on those in the immediate Hill End and Tambaroora area.
Author Ray Samuel has completed his part of the manuscript after more than 3 years of travelling throughout the district, recording and photographing sites and digging deep into the archives and newspaper articles for fascinating snippets about life behind bars.
Editor Lorraine Purcell is now in the process of including material from the HEATGG files and records, to add a personal touch to these stories, with firsthand accounts and photographs.
Strive with Honour: Hill End Public School, a sesquicentenary history (coming soon)
Hill End Public School opened on 1 May 1870. In November 2020 they will be celebrating 150 years of public education in the village.
When the Centenary was celebrated back in 1972, Principle Robert Spencer wrote a history of the school. Fifty year on, it is time to add to that publication and include all the information that has come to light since.
As the Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group is made up of past residents and descendants of those who attended the School it is appropriate that we become involved in researching and compiling this updated publication, to be launched on the School Open Day on 7 November 2020.
If you have old photos, memorabilia or stories that would be appropriate for inclusion you are invited to contact us so that we can make this a really inclusive publication.