Bathurst Pillars Podcast

Bathurst Pillars Podcast

Many Bathurstians will know of the Bathurst Pillars located on the riverbank near the Ohkuma Japanese Garden. But do you know the origin of the pillars? In the 1990s, Bathurst City Council purchased the cast iron veranda posts from the historic Royal Hotel in William Street. These posts are now part of the Pillars of Bathurst project which was created as a cultural heritage memorial garden. The aim is to remember the contributions and achievements of the many people who were once important to the development of the Bathurst community but for whom there were no other memorials. 

About the Bathurst Pillars Podcast

Pillars of Bathurst, first launched on Proclamation Day, 14 May, will provide the storytelling component of the project. In each program, host Brett Van Heekeren and historian Dr Robin McLachlan talk about an individual ‘pillar’, the history, the story and the relevance today. There will be approximately 40 stories to be told and following each broadcast the programs are available for ‘on demand’ from the 2MCE website and the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre website.

Latest Episode

Mary Ann Roberts was the first colonial wife and mother to live in the Bathurst Settlement. With her three small children, she arrived in late 1816 on the completion of the family’s house, the first built in the Settlement. There is a mystery that surrounds the Mary Anne Roberts story, this episode attempts to solve that mystery. 

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  • BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 1: INTRODUCTION - WHAT ARE THE PILLARS

    BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 1: INTRODUCTION - WHAT ARE THE PILLARS

    Sep 9, 2021 • 18:03

    In this first episode of the series Brett and Robin discuss the background to the Pillars of Bathurst and offer a taste of the stories to come.

  • BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 2: ROBERT CODRINGTON

    BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 2: ROBERT CODRINGTON

    Sep 9, 2021 • 12:19

    In this episode Robin tells the story of mounted police trooper Robert Codrington who was killed in the line of duty on Wiagdon Hill on December 1857. His murderers were […]

  • BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 3: DOMINIQUE AND SUSANNAH POPILAIRE

    BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 3: DOMINIQUE AND SUSANNAH POPILAIRE

    Sep 9, 2021 • 10:31

    Dominique and Susannah Popilairie were among to first to receive a plaque on the Pillars of Bathurst and were among the first innkeepers in the region. They have an interesting […]

  • BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 4: ANNIE BERTHA PARRY

    BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 4: ANNIE BERTHA PARRY

    Sep 10, 2021 • 9:05

    Annie Bertha Parry was nominated for a Pillars Plaque for the very special role she played in the field of first aid nursing and in particular her contribution to the […]

  • BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 5: CAROLINE (KATE) KEIGHTLY

    BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 5: CAROLINE (KATE) KEIGHTLY

    Sep 10, 2021 • 10:31

    In this episode, Robin tells the story of a dramatic and courageous nighttime dash to save the life of her husband from the hands of notorious bushrangers. Caroline Keightley’s story […]

  • BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 6: LEWIS LLOYD

    BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 6: LEWIS LLOYD

    Sep 10, 2021 • 7:50

    Lewis Lloyd was popularly known in his lifetime as the colony’s ‘Copper King’. He claimed to have shipped more copper from NSW than any other individual or company. In this […]

  • BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 7: JOE YATES

    BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 7: JOE YATES

    Sep 10, 2021 • 12:26

    Joe Yates was a talented bush musician who helped preserve an important par of our musical heritage. In this episode, we hear his story and music.

  • BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 8: CHARLES (TIM) MULHOLLAND

    BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 8: CHARLES (TIM) MULHOLLAND

    Sep 10, 2021 • 11:18

    Bathurst born Charles St John Mulholland was nominated for his plaque by the Friends of the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum and as such is remembered for his contribution to […]

  • BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 9: WILLIAM TREMAIN

    BATHURST PILLARS EPISODE 9: WILLIAM TREMAIN

    Sep 10, 2021 • 11:23

    In this episode the role of luck plays an important role in the fortunes of one of Bathurst’s most famous and successful industrialists, miller William Tremain. Originally intending to come […]

  • BATHURST PILLARS PODCAST EPISODE 10: MARY ANN ROBERTS

    BATHURST PILLARS PODCAST EPISODE 10: MARY ANN ROBERTS

    Sep 23, 2021 • 11:23

    Mary Ann Roberts was the first colonial wife and mother to live in the Bathurst Settlement. With her three small children, she arrived in late 1816 on the completion of […]

Meet the Hosts

Dr Robin McLachlan

Dr Robin Mclachlan came to Australia in 1972 on a Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship to undertake a Ph.D in “Far Eastern History” at the Australian National University. He subsequently took up a lectureship at Bathurst’s Mitchell College of Advanced Education (MCAE) in 1976, where he was given the freedom to teach a wide spectrum of history subjects, ranging from Chinese History to Public History. Robin continued with MCAE’s successor university, but resigned in 2002 so as to better follow his own pathway to exploring the past. The Bathurst Pillars project, undertaken for Bathurst Regional Council, has proven to be an interesting journey into the history of the Bathurst region. Robin hopes listeners to our podcast will find his stories about people of the Pillars both entertaining and informative. He assures listeners that no facts where harmed in creating the tales he tells.

Brett Van Heekeren

Brett Van Heekeren is a former radio professional and Communication academic. Brett’s early professional years were spent twiddling the knobs and dials for high profile radio personalities and presenting his own programs across the Commercial, Public and Community broadcasting sectors. From 1999 the next phase of Brett’s professional life was spent as an academic at Charles Sturt University teaching in the Communication areas of Radio, Advertising and Media Production. Brett is an Honorary Life member of Community Radio Station 2MCEFM having spent many years as a presenter and in various management roles in the station. Audio storytelling is his passion and the Bathurst Pillars project offers another opportunity to create oral histories and bring to life some of the great untold stories of Bathurst. 

Visit the Pillars of Bathurst

If you have been enjoying the podcast and want to visit the Pillars of Bathurst. You can find them in the Macquarie River Bicentennial Park near the Ohkuma Japanese Gardens.