Thursday, August 18, 2016

International Burlesque Queen Imogen Kelly is coming to Hill End - One night only performance in The Life and Times of Bernhardt Otto Holtermann. Book now.

Hope you can come!

Saturday 3rd September 2016

The life and times of Bernhardt Otto Holtermann
(That man that found the largest goldest nugget in the world!) 
starring International Burlesque Queen Imogen Kelly

at our heritage

p e r f o r m i n g
Jesse Alston
Abbey Bamford
Matt Davis
Parris Dewhurst
Sienna Dillon
Liam Jones

On piano
Abby Smith

Tickets: Adults $35.00
Concession $30.00
Student $35.00
Heac member $30.00 

 Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre 

Tickets will also be on sale opening night at the Royal Hall.

This event is proudly supported by

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hill End artist Rebecca Wilson's exhibition KATE KELLY - Sister of an outlaw

"I see Kate as a strong female figure of skill, adventure, love and spirit. At the same time, like all of us, she was flawed, complicated and probably misunderstood". Rebecca Wilson, 2015 

Kate Kelly (1863 - 1898) was a younger sister of Ned Kelly, the notorious bushranger.
With support from campaigners for the abolition of capital punishment, she approached the Governor of Victoria to plead with him to spare Ned's life. As a folkloric icon, Kate Kelly has appeared as a character in films, novels and was the subject of a song by the pop group the Whitlams.

Kate's life was filled with tragedy, overtaken by exceptional events. She married William "Bricky" Foster in Forbes when she was pregnant with their first child. An excellent horsewoman, she rode as a decoy for the Kelly gang and was known for delivering supplies and ammunition when the gang was hiding - out. She even once took a bullet, according to "Bricky's relatives. She became a celebrity after her infamous brother Ned Kelly was hanged in Melbourne Gaol in 1880.

After the Kelly gang's demise, Kate tavelled widely with her older brother Jim, performing on horseback and exhibiting weapons and other Kelly memorabilia, until she moved to Cadow Station near Forbes to escape the limelight. Kate's life ended abruptly at the age of 36. She was found dead, possibly through suicide,  in Forbes Lake about a week after she had been reported missing. Kate's surviving brother Jim collected her three remaining children (three others had died) and "Ma Kelly" (Ellen) then raised her grandchildren at Eleven Mile Creek.

Artist Rebecca Wilson grew up in Forbes, where Kate Kelly spent the final years of her life and it was Rebecca's relatives who gave Kate Kelly, then known under the alias Ada Hennessey, her first job as a domestic servant at Cadow Station.

Ms Wilson is a famous descendant of the pioneering couple Pierce and Mary Collits, who founded the heritage listed Collits Inn at Hartley Vale at the western edge of the Blue Mountains. It is well known that Pierce collits, who had been transported to Port Jackson from London in 1801 for receiving stolen goods, had many connections with bushrangers in his days running the Inn. It is likely that the Collits' and their descendants had closer dealings with the Kelly gang than is fully recorded.

As part of a long-term project, Wilson has researched the life and times of Kate Kelly for many years. She has fond memories of late uncle telling her stories of how lovely Kate was, in tales that had been passed down to him by relatives. The local lore holds that Kate was an extraordinary woman who found herself in extraordinary circumstances. In her ongoing series of paintings, Wilson has felt compelled to provide a personal view of Kate's life and how it intertwines with her own family history.

To hear more on this extraordinary story of Kate Kelly, go to
 You Tube interview with Rebecca Wilson on Channel Studio 10
Hidden history of the Kelly Gang.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hill End bursting with finalists in art prizes this month!

HILL END is delivering snow, ice and rain, 
but between all these ephemeral elements this month, it's delivering something very special, we are very excited to announce the news.

This month we have 3 artists that are finalists in the Archibald and Wynne Prize at the NSW Art Gallery & 2 artists in the Blake Touring Prize, all prestigious Australian art prizes.

 They are Danelle Bergstrom of Arthouse Gallery with her portrait of artist Guy Warren.

Rosemary Valadon of  Spot81 Gallery with her portrait of Luke Sciberras titled 'The Scribbler'

 Luke Sciberras of King Street Gallery with his landscape painting for the Wynne Prize titled Buffalo country, Katherine NT.

Bill Moseley of Hill End Press and artist Joanna Logue of King Street Gallery, who has been a recipient of the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Artist in Residence Program were finalists in their collaboration with 'Vol de Nuit' Tintype created at Hill End Press. This work was selected for the Blake Prize and has now been selected for the Blake Touring exhibition.

A big congratulations to you all.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

HILL END PRESS: Cool Burn exhibition - Ancient light.

HILL END PRESS: Cool Burn exhibition - Ancient light.:
C O O L   B U R N   at the CORRIDOR project Curated by Phoebe Cowdery and Aleisha Lonsdale ARTIST PROFILE -  htt...

A r t i s t s

Aleisha Lonsdale, Rebecca Dowling, Genevieve Carroll, Nyree Reynolds, Irene Ridgeway, Phoebe Cowdery, Jo Marais, Heather Vallance, Bill Moseley, Dianne Nicholls, Marda Nichols 

Leaving Sydney airport to fly to Cairns.

Bill Moseley amongst the Cool Burns - Laura

Old Mapoon -Fire - Earth - Water

Termites and bullseyes

Road kill on menus
Cool Burn fire rings and dingo's howling.
Aleshia Lonsdale - Installation
Bill Moseley - Photogravure

Bill Moseley  Ambrotype & photogravure
Heather Vallance Works on paper

Heather Vallance

Heather Vallance
Dianne Nicholls - Old Mapoon

Irene Ridgeway installation

Nyree Reynolds

Rebecca Dowling - Ceramics

Phoebe Cowdery - Painting

Jo Marais - Sculpture

Genevieve Carroll installation

Phoebe Cowdery and Genevieve Carroll

the CORRIDOR project
Our trip was sponsored by
the CORRIDOR project
Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife
Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers
Cowra Council
Kanangra = Boyd to Wyangala Link  

Sunday, March 13, 2016

HILL END ARTS COUNCIL: Mark a date in the diaries! Open House Day Hill En...

HILL END ARTS COUNCIL: Mark a date in the diaries! Open House Day Hill En...: Just imagine….then and now…. As the autumn leaves start tumbling down it is time to once again head to Hill End’s Open Day on...

Mark a date in the diaries! Open House Day Hill End

Just imagine….then and now….

As the autumn leaves start tumbling down it is time to once again head to Hill End’s Open Day on Sunday 10 April.  
A number of the villagers are throwing open their homes, their school, their hall, their church and their studios to allow you to peek inside and see how they now live, work and play in an historic gold town. 

Imagine the town as it was….and then see the buildings now. 
Most of the buildings open for viewing were constructed between the 1870s and the 1900s and have seen generations of families through their doors. Some were almost in ruins when they were lovingly “adopted” by people with a passion and on Open Day they wish to share this with you. Many years of painstaking restoration and preservation (and never mind the dollars!) have gone into conserving these buildings as useful and comfortable dwellings. 

They are not museums, they are everyday buildings, still being used for their intended purposes and now all the more treasured for being so. Some have the “mod cons” but these are skilfully integrated into an eclectic environment where they seem right at home. “Why didn’t I think of that?” will be your constant comment.

What will you see? Well, remember your school days, come and visit our school and see how education has changed in an electronic environment yet still retains an historic link to a school that was built in 1872. A church with no electricity? – not a problem, Ted lights the myriad of kerosene lanterns that add a reverent atmosphere to an evening ecumenical service. A cottage with the bathroom “out the back” means that it is a place to escape to and relax in a lingering tub. Leave the mobile phone on the dining room table; it probably won’t work out there anyway! 
View the family portraits in the Royal Hall and watch out as their eyes follow you around the room…Visit the artists who have given up city life for a brief tree change to absorb the creative atmosphere once enjoyed by Donald Friend, Margaret Olley and many others.  Wander down the streets that will be alive with autumn colour. Don’t forget your camera and a good pair of walking shoes. 
This is your opportunity to speak to these people, who are proud of their village, in a relaxed friendly atmosphere and ask them the questions that have surely arisen as you wander around town. Volunteers will be available at all venues to guide you to your next place of exploration. C’mon in!



MURRAYS COTTAGE - Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Residency

ENGLISH COTTAGE - Home of Hill End Press


HAEFLIGERS COTTAGE - Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Residency






FOR BOOKINGS: To experience this great day out on Sunday 10 April 2016 are essential and can be made by phoning 

(02) 6337 8306 



Registration and payment is at the Royal Hall in Beyers Avenue, next to the Royal Pub.

Cost: $25.00 per person/$18.00 concession. 
(Sorry, cash only on the day)

Further publicity details from Kim Deacon  Phone:(02) 6337 8306 or email