Longevity 50+ Club traveling to Lithgow in June
DEPARTING: 7:00am (Macarthur Gardens) 7:20/7:30am (The PIT)
Travelling directly to Lithgow. Quick toilet stop (8:30am) at the Glenbrook Visitors Centre.
9:30/9:45am Arriving at the SMALL ARMS FACTORY for morning tea & Tour
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
The history of the Lithgow Small Arms Factory is about people - their aspirations, achievements and disappointments, the economic and social hardships endured, the influence of our British heritage on Australia in the early 1900s, and sheer human stubbornness. It is also about the introduction of new technologies into the emerging new nation. Lithgow SAF was Australia's first high precision mass production facility. This Museum was formed to celebrate its history.
The collections on display are quite diverse. All types of arms displays, Panoramic photographs of the early factory sections are indicative of an era before Occupational Health and Safety. Commercial display -These contracts ranged from rough forgings and investment castings to finished products. Some of the names found on factory production include Sunbeam (Mixmasters), Zircalloy (spanners), Pinnock (sewing machines), Slazenger (golf clubs), Borg Warner (gear boxes), Centrex (movie projectors) and SAF-LOK (handcuffs).
The Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum has been recognised in the prestigious UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.
Their collection has grown since we lasted visited back in 2016
They are currently in the process of acquiring and setting up the old General Machine Shop which is just across the back lawn from the Museum. They have invited us to see the 1923 production building and the collection of around 50 historic machines.
Wander at your leisure or join one of the tours.
11:15am Traveling to Zig Zag Brewery for a Tour & Tasting The Old Zig Zag Brewery, built in 1888, was one of the largest and most famous breweries west of the Great Divide. It maintained its popularity until the late 1950's when the last brew was made. Now open again
12:30pm Lunch at the Blue Fox 2 course Lunch with tea & Coffee
2:15pm heading home before the traffic starts