Celebration of 75th Anniversary of Ben Chifley becoming Prime Minister
July 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Online Presentation * Presented By Kim Bagot-Hiller Archivist Bathurst District Historical Society & Regional Artist
On a cold July night in 1945 Ben travels back to Bathurst from Canberra, in a 1939 Buick in the company of Ray Tracy. Seeing the lights of Bathurst Ray Tracy follows familiar roads frequented by Ben during his days as a railway man with family, friends and neighbors.
The journey end at a lane way in Havannah Street, The back entrance of his Brother Richards Home, The family home in Russell Street. Waiting Ben’s family his brothers Richard, and Patrick, Nieces Burdie, Maureen, Nephews John, Josèphe, and Ben’s Beloved wife Elizabeth, all awaiting the arrival of their Ben.
Joseph Benedict Chifley or Ben as he is known a Husband, Uncle, railway man, and local leader who rose from Politician to become the 16th Prime Minister of Australia. A Leader who through his humility, and humanity stood as a statemen, described as the “Abraham Lincoln of Australia”, while remaining “Chif”.
85 years since Ben entered Parliament and 75 years on his elevation to the office of Prime Minister come and spend an evening with Bathurst Local Stateman.