about state mine

The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc was incorporated in October 1990 to develop a mining museum at the site of the former Lithgow State Mine. Initial plans included the use of former mine buildings to house visitor facilities & mining exhibits with outdoor areas being adapted for railway, industrial and cultural displays.

The vision for the project included the establishment of a tourist railway on the former State Mine Colliery Branch Line.

Since its inception the vision for the organisation has expanded beyond the confines of the traditional museum concept to become part of a "living museum", linking a number of cultural heritage sites of state and national significance.

The organisation's mission statement defines the project as:

  • A showcase for the industrial history of the Western Coalfields
  • A tourist precinct to foster an understanding of Lithgow's heritage
  • An educational resource for the people of New South Wales

The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc is a non-profit body registered in NSW. It has approximately 100 ordinary members and ten corporate members.

The society owns the Lithgow State Mine site and a significant collection of mining, railway and industrial memorabilia. It also leases the Lithgow State Mine branchline, and a corridor of land extending from the Eskbank Locomotive Depot to Eskbank Goods Shed.

The society has been active in pursuing the development of the heritage park, thereby articulating a vision for presenting Lithgow's industrial heritage as an asset to the city.

The Heritage Park

The heritage park concept links a number of heritage sites through the rehabilitation of former industrial railway lines. The sites included in the overall heritage park concept are:

  • Lithgow State Mine (City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum)
  • Lithgow Blast Furnace
  • Lake Pillans
  • Eskbank House (Lithgow & District Historical Society)
  • Eskbank goods yard
  • Eskbank Station
  • Eskbank Locomotive Depot site

This is the second largest cultural heritage project in New South Wales. Current developments to link to the Zig Zag Railway will create the largest cultural heritage precinct in the state.

The State Mine site is open to the public at weekends and on school and public holidays. Tours are catered for at any time by arrangement.

In addition to the normal opening schedule the park runs two major open days per year. One celebrates Heritage Week in April and the other is in November.

We welcome new members. Annual subscription is $22.00 Ordinary, ($11.00 Concession and Student), $5.50 Junior, renewable in July. Click here for a Application For Membership to print out and mail to us with your subscription.