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Celebrate History Week

To celebrate History Week 2021 the Library is hosting an online speaker event with author Peter Baker discussing his book ‘Side Stepping Shrapnel’ about the history of Rugby League in Lithgow.

This online event will be held from 2:00pm on Friday 10 September 2021, and to complement the event, an online Football Photographic Exhibition to share the many photographs held by the library will be slowly released on Facebook.

“Side-Stepping Shrapnel’ is a true story of the rise of Rugby League in the industrial country town of Lithgow between 1907 and 1921 and the impact of the Great War on the players. The book begins with William John ‘Pummy’ Mantle, the main protagonist, who was born in the shadow of the Lithgow Colliery. After an introduction to Pummy’s family, the story moves to the birth of Rugby League in August 1907 and the role of Lithgow and surrounding towns at that particular time,” said Peter Baker.

Check our Facebook page  every day in September for a slow release exhibition of photographs and join us online for a Zoom Meeting at 2:00pm on Friday 10 September 2021 for our guest speaker event. To access this event you will need to have the Zoom App on your device and then rsvp to the library via email to for your logon details.

These events celebrate and increase community awareness of the cultural diversity and rich history and heritage of the Lithgow LGA.

History Week is the annual, state-wide celebration of history, organised by the History Council of New South Wales.  This year’s Histroy Week theme is “From the Ground up”

For your opportunity to be a part of this free event make your booking at the library. For more information contact the library on 6352 9100.

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