State Heritage Nomination for Eskbank House and Museum

Lithgow City Council has nominated Eskbank House and Museum for inclusion on the State Heritage Register.

“The listing of Eskbank House on the State Heritage Register is an important next step to ensure the protection of this unique and significant asset for Lithgow, and honours the generosity of Eric Bracey. We owe the Bracey Family a debt for preserving this historic site so that the community can enjoy it for generations to come,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Stephen Lesslie.

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 10th April a motion to nominate Eskbank House and Museum for inclusion on the State Heritage Register received unanimous support. Such a listing would provide legal protections for this important historic estate under the Heritage Act 1977 and would increase potential for Council to access funding for maintenance, capital works and interpretation from the NSW and Commonwealth governments.

Built in 1842 for early colonist Thomas Brown, Eskbank House has held a long and significant association with the coal, iron and steel industries in Lithgow. Through the generosity of local retailer Eric Bracey, Eskbank House was gifted to the Lithgow community and opened as a museum in 1966.

As a rare and highly intact early Victorian town villa and with close associations with industry, Eskbank House meets the criteria for listing on the State Heritage Register as a property that is of particular importance to the people of NSW and enriches our understanding of our history and identity.

Contact:    
Mayor Stephen Lesslie
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Matthew Johnson
Manager Community and Culture
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

 

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