The Story of those who built Bathurst and Central NSW, 1815—1915 by Graham Lupp

Building Bathurst is a biographical survey of those architects and builders who built Bathurst and much of Central New South Wales in the period from the founding of Bathurst, the oldest inland settlement in Australia, in 1815 to about the end of WWI. This extensive compendium details the contribution made by the major figures who lived in Bathurst, but spread their influence by working all over Central NSW.

The two-volume, 844 page book, which took five years to write, is lavishly illustrated with 1,172 photographs comprising historic images and architects’ original drawings, many of which have not seen before. These are supplemented by the author’s own full-colour photographs, measured drawings and artworks dating back to the mid 1960s, some featuring buildings long since demolished. A PDF extract from the book, and a flyer giving the book’s outline, can be downloaded on this page. Copies of the book are in The National Library of Australia, State Library of NSW, Members library NSW State Parliament House, Sydney, and The British Library.

The book is $275 including GST, and can be purchased from Bathurst Regional Council, ph. 02 6333 6111, Books Plus, Bathurst, ph. 02 6331 5994, Bathurst Visitors Centre, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and City Library, or directly from Graham Lupp at CONTACT

Note: Shipping costs. Because of the book’s 7 kilogram weight, postage and handling can only be done by either Bathurst Regional Council or Graham Lupp. To ensure safe arrival, the book must be sent in specially sourced packaging, Insta-Pac. Note that shipping costs vary from state-to-state in Australia and rates should be checked if enquiring through Bathurst Council.

Alternatively, if purchasing from this website, shipping within Australia is calculated automatically in the Checkout and Graham Lupp will pack and send. International shipping rates vary with destination, and can be quoted by contacting Graham Lupp.

Building Bathurst

$275.00 inc. GST



The book, Building Bathurst, was written as a homage to those architects and builders who built the inland city of Bathurst and much of Central NSW in the period 1815—1915. Forewords by Ninth Earl Bathurst and Councillor Graeme Hanger OAM, Mayor of Bathurst. Thanks are owing to joint publisher, Bathurst Regional Council, and to John Payne, Copy-editor, and Tony O’Neill who designed the book.

The printing was carried out by 1010 Printing International Ltd, a Hong Kong based company who specialise in high quality art publications. The two-volume, full-colour 844 page book contains 1172 photographs and artworks. The signed and numbered limited edition boxed set is printed on 157gsm Matt Art paper, and comes with satin-finished ribbon markers.

Reviews (2)

2 reviews for Building Bathurst

  1. Stephen Sinn

    ‘Building Bathurst’ has been my breakfast companion for some time now. I am a newcomer to Bathurst and this book has made me “see” the buildings instead of just driving or walking past them. I now recognise their distinctiveness, the period they were built , the honest toil and humble pride that went into them. The town has come to life for me. The two volumes are wonderfully illustrated and great value. I leave them out on a table in my dining room for people to dip into.

  2. John Van der Have

    It is rare that an artist puts painting aside in order to write. Graham Lupp took five years out of his career as a painter to write this history of the architecture of his home town – Bathurst.

    This two-volume book is a history of Bathurst and the surrounding Central West region of New South Wales, told through its buildings and those who designed and constructed them. The book is profusely illustrated with a combination of historical photographs, and also more recent photographs, paintings and drawings.

    Most of the more recent photographs were taken by the author, reflecting an artistic eye, to portray the buildings and places described in his commentary. Many reproductions of Lupp’s paintings and drawings in oils, charcoal and pastel similarly illustrate the text. These two tomes are clearly a labour of love. A lifetime spent in Bathurst (with periodic interludes abroad) is reflected in these pages.

    John Van der Have, Architect
    Faulconbridge 2019

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