History Talk: Westfund, Its Origins and Development

The origin of Westfund, Lithgow’s local health fund, is the topic of the next history talk to be held at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

Focusing on the growth of the fund from its early inception to the 1980s with references to its present day will be discussed in this talk by Historian Greg Patmore.

Greg Patmore has a keen interest in the history of Lithgow, has published books on the Small Arms Factory and is currently working on a history of Westfund, or the Western Districts Mine Workers Medical Benefits Fund as it was once known.  Quite a number of Lithgow residents will remember its early origins or have been employed over the years by the fund.

“Local history is a very popular subject and it is always interesting to recall the origins of our long standing businesses, so I am sure that Lithgow residents will find the history of Westfund very interesting,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham.

Greg’s free talk followed by tea and coffee will be held at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre on Tuesday 8 September at 5.00pm.

Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.



Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 425959


Terry O’Keefe
Library Coordinator
Tel: 02 6352 9100
Fax: 02 6351 4364


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