As a tribute to him and his wife Elizabeth, Ben Chifley’s home is maintained by the city of Bathurst providing a glimpse of life during the first half of the 20th century.
Also, to commemorate this great man, the Bathurst branch of the Australian Labor Party hold an annual dinner, known as
the 'Light on the Hill',
Of 'special' note is that Ben Chifley was born (1885) and raised in Bathurst. One of Australia’s most respected Prime Ministers he maintained his connections with the city until the end of his life.
He spent much of his childhood living with his grandparents on a farm outside Bathurst, where he learned bush politics and experienced the devastating depression of the late 1890's.
From the youngest locomotive driver in the state Ben Chifley entered parliament as the member for Macquarie (the local seat) in 1928. He was Prime Minister of Australia from 1945 to 1949 and from 1949 until his death in 1951 he was leader of the opposition.
Ben Chifley House
Bathurst, Central West NSW
Bathurst Town and Around Website
Bathurst NSW one of eighteen regions in the Highway West, family of NSW Town websites.