Pillars of Bathurst Project


What is the Pillars of Bathurst?
The former Bathurst City Council in the 1990’s was given the opportunity to purchase the cast iron verandah posts from the historic Royal Hotel in William Street. These posts have formed the basis for the Pillars of Bathurst project, created as a cultural heritage memorial garden to remember people, once important to the development of our community but for whom there were no other memorials to tell of their contributions and achievements.

A Bicentenary Project
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 Park’s heritage precinct.


2019 nominations

The Pillars are a legacy project and each Proclamation Day new names will be added until the 80 available plaques have been filled.

Nominations of people to be considered as part of the 2019 group are now open. You can participate in this important local cultural heritage project by nominating someone on this page and tell us a bit about their story in the form below.

Please read the nomination guidelines before continuing.


2016 Pillars announced
As part of the annual Proclamation Day celebrations in May 2016, a further 8 names were added to the Pillars.

2017 Pillars announced
As part of the annual Proclamation Day celebrations in May 2017, a further 10 names were added to the Pillars, bringing the total number of 'Pillars' to 40.


2018 Pillars announced

A further 9 names were added to the Pillars as part of the Proclamation Day celebrations in May 2018.

A summary listing of the Pillars can be found here.




What is the Pillars of Bathurst?
The former Bathurst City Council in the 1990’s was given the opportunity to purchase the cast iron verandah posts from the historic Royal Hotel in William Street. These posts have formed the basis for the Pillars of Bathurst project, created as a cultural heritage memorial garden to remember people, once important to the development of our community but for whom there were no other memorials to tell of their contributions and achievements.

A Bicentenary Project
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 Park’s heritage precinct.


2019 nominations

The Pillars are a legacy project and each Proclamation Day new names will be added until the 80 available plaques have been filled.

Nominations of people to be considered as part of the 2019 group are now open. You can participate in this important local cultural heritage project by nominating someone on this page and tell us a bit about their story in the form below.

Please read the nomination guidelines before continuing.


2016 Pillars announced
As part of the annual Proclamation Day celebrations in May 2016, a further 8 names were added to the Pillars.

2017 Pillars announced
As part of the annual Proclamation Day celebrations in May 2017, a further 10 names were added to the Pillars, bringing the total number of 'Pillars' to 40.


2018 Pillars announced

A further 9 names were added to the Pillars as part of the Proclamation Day celebrations in May 2018.

A summary listing of the Pillars can be found here.