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Famous People

Many famous people have called Bathurst home since the time of early settlement.  Some were born and raised here, others have received an education in one of the many academic institutions while others have an historic association.  Here are some of the most notable.

Ben Chifley

Born and raised in Bathurst, Ben Chifley was one of Australia's most respected Prime Ministers, being highly regarded by people from all political viewpoints. Chifley remained in office from July 1945 to December 1949.

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Governor Macquarie

Bathurst in the time of Governor Macquarie - 1815-182. When Lachlan Macquarie was appointed Governor of NSW in 1810 he took over a settlement with a rapidly growing population that occupied a narrow coastal strip where farming land was becoming scarce.

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Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop holds a place of special religious and historical importance in the Catholic diocese of Bathurst, the city of Bathurst and in several other nearby locations of which the village of Perthville is the most significant. Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne in 1842.

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