A partnership between the City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc and Unions NSW has provided the people of Lithgow and surrounding districts with a unique opportunity to experience historic artefacts related to the Trade Union movement in New South Wales.
An exhibition of union banners , badges and other artefacts has been installed at the State Mine Museum, State Mine Gully Road, Lithgow. This exhibition will be in place until the end of October 2009. It includes large banners used in street parades that form part of the Sydney Trades Hall collection. Many of these items have not been accessible to the public before as there has been no space large enough to exhibit them.
It is appropriate that the former State Mine Bath House is the main venue for this exhibition. This was a place in which the employees of the State Mine gathered to change for work and to shower at the end of their shifts.
A companion exhibition of Lithgow's union memorabilia is on display at the Lithgow Regional Library from 4 April to 5 May 2009.
The Sydney Trades Hall Collection exhibition will be open to the public during museum opening hours between 4 April and 31 October 2009. The museum is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, and school and public holidays. Access to the exhibition is included in the museum's standard entry fee of $5.00 per adult, $3.00 concession, $2.00 per child or $12.00 per family.
Booked tours can be arranged at any time by contacting the museum on 6353 1513 or by email.