Wiradjuri Dance and Corroboree Gathering
Richard Morgan December 2013
On 10 December 2013 The Wiradjuri Elders of the Bathurst Plains, the Bathurst District Historical Society and the Morgan Family held a gathering near in the vicinity of Mt Pleasant where 200 years ago first contact between the Wiradjuri peoples and European explorers occurred. The corroboree also acknowledged the naming of the Bathurst Plains by Surveyor George Evans on 10 December 1813. The last Wiradjuri Corroboree took place near this spot in 1849.
200 people from the region attended including members of the Indigenous community from Wiradjuri and other Nations. Local Elder, Mr Bill Allen (Senior), conducted a smoking ceremony before speeches from the Mayor of Bathurst and a Welcome to Country by Cr Jess Jennings on behalf of Recognise.
Richard Morgan January 2014
Abercrombie House has been hosting regular Jazz Café concerts each month since October 2013. Jazz lovers gather in the ballroom to enjoy live music performed by local and visiting artists. These concerts are held at 8.30 pm on the second Friday of the month and have become a popular regular feature of the Central West calendar.
See the What's On calendar on the Tours page for our next Jazz Cafe.
Omega Ensemble visits again
Richard Morgan June 2014
The nationally acclaimed Omega Ensemble held their first Bathurst concert for 2014 to a full house in the Ballroom of Abercrombie House on the evening of 28 May. International French clarinettist Paul André Meyer joined the ensmble for a dazzling concert of works written for clarinet. The program featured Mendelssohn's Konzertstück No. 1 and No. 2 as well as works by Debussy, Barmann, Poulenc, Mozart and the debut of New Zealand composer Ben Hoadley's Midsummer Night's Dream Music for Clarinet, viola and piano.
The program was part of the Mitchell Conservatorium Visiting Artists Series with the Omega Ensemble performing in the regional centres of Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange, Forbes and Canowindra.
The Morgan Family acknowledges the exciting contribution the Omega Ensemble is making to the musical life of Australia by bringing their programs to the Cenral West. Thanks to the artists David Rowden (Artistic Director, clarinet), Tobias Breider (viola), Maria Raspopova (piano), Ben Hoadley (bassoon) and guest artist Paul Meyer (clarinet).
Beautiful Buicks visit Bathurst
Richard Morgan May 2014—photo credits Sandra Hutcheson
Abercrombie House was the setting for the Buick Car rally's 'show and shine' competiton on 22 May.
38 classic Buicks from around Australia lined-up on display for the car enthusiasts of Bathurst. The Bathurst Historic Car Club added another 70 vehicles to form an impressive car-fest.
ABC Central West Report
Robert Virtue June 2014
Click this link to see a great little piece on Abercrombie House:
Shakespeare in the Garden
Kate Burke—Western Magazine 6 June 2014
Brian Wood, Western Advocate 21 July 2014
The Morgan Family joins with all descendants of those whose service is commemorated on the 100th anniversary of the declaration of World War I, 4 August. The people of Australia, Great Britain and all nations who fought in this 'war to end all wars' are commemorating the centenary of the declaration of hostilities on the battlefields of Europe.
Fothergill William Swinfen Cottrell, the uncle of Mrs Mary Morgan (nee Cottrell) enlisted with the First AIF in Perth on 17 August 1914, enlistment number 288. Tragically he was killed on the beach at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and is buried in Lone Pine Cemetery. His memorial plaque and medals are on display at Abercrombie House.
Lest we forget
Centenary of WW1
by Richard Morgan, 3 August 2014
In Memoriam - Mary Morgan
by Richard Morgan, 14 September 2014
It is with deep regret that the Morgan Family is mourning the loss of its matriarch, Mary Morgan, who died at the age of 85 on 5 September. Her funeral was held in All Saints Cathedral, Bathurst on 12 September and was attended by a very large gathering of relatives and friends from Bathurst, Sydney and regional NSW.
Mrs Morgan was known by many for her grace and wonderful humour. She was sometimes called "the Lady of Abercrombie" because of her continuous residency and onwership of Abercrombie House with her husband Rex since 1969. Her youngest son, Christopher, described Abercombie House as "her masterpiece".
May she rest in peace.
Nineteenth Century maintenance
by Richard Morgan, 20 August 2014
In August Richard and Chris Morgan with the help of Sandra Hutcheson replaced broken sash cords in two of the original windows in the drawing room. This job requires the part-dismantling of the window frame and removal of the window to access the sash and weight recess. One discovery was that the lead weight which counters the window weight was marked "XXXXIII" in indicating 43 pounds (19.5 kg).
The work was completed during a opening time and many members of the public took an interest in the work. Mahalia who often works front-of-house on weekends was on hand to inspect the progress.
On 27 September 2014 Abercrombie House, as one of the sponsors of Reflections 200 Years of Women’s Fashion, hosted a High Tea in the Ballroom as a prelude to celebrations taking place next year as part of Bathurst’s Bicentenary Year.
Organised by the Reflections Committee the event was officially opened by Cr Gary Rush, Mayor of Bathurst, with Christopher Morgan of Abercrombie House as the Master of Ceremonies.
Reflections 200 Years of Women's Fashion - a Bathurst Bicentenary event
by Sandra Hutcheson, 28 September 2014
A range of Vintage Clothing was on display, including a dress owned by Roslyn Stewart one of the previous residents of Abercrombie House, when it was known as “The Mount” in the early 1900’s.
Demonstrations by Mahalia Deehan and Joanna Knowles on “How to Wear an 1860’s Hoop Skirt”, “Language of the Fan” and “1950’S Etiquette” added a light hearted but informative touch to the afternoons proceedings.
Shakespeare in the Garden thrilled over 500 people who attended over the five public performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream in November
A Midsummer Night's Dream was a favourite for Bathurst theatre-goers
Photos by Sandra Hutcheson, 15-18 November 2014
We are turning the old blacksmith's forge into a chapel!
Photos by Sandra Hutcheson, story Richard Morgan, 24 February 2015
The 'village' of outbuildings associated with Abercrombie House is an important remnant of pre-Federation architecture. These utilitarian structures built c. 1875 are subtantial buildings being made from large basalt boulders excavated from the top of Mt Pleasant nearby.
The Stables has been in use for over 40 years as accommodation for groups and is available today for overnight stays on the property.
Associated with the stables was a large basalt 2-room blacksmith's forge building. It is currently being carefully renovated for use as a chapel for the ever-growing number of weddings being held in the exquisit grounds of Abercrombie House.
For a wedding or chapel booking please contact us using the Contact form
For a wonderful story in Bathurst's daily newspaper the Western Advocate about the great future ahead for Abercrombie House: click here
Front page news story featuring Abercrombie House
Western Advicate, 11 April 2015
News story featuring Abercrombie House
Domain, 14 April 2019
A great story in Domain's national Lifestyles section about life at Abercrombie House: click here