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Most early buildings in Oberon were built of pise, wattle and daub or slabs from local timber. Most have not survived. The convent on the corner of Queen and Fleming Streets was built in 1914 for the Sisters of St Joseph who had arrived in Oberon in 1912 to set up the first Roman Catholic school. It is still occupied by the Sisters.

One of Oberon's most significant buildings is Ramsgate, a two-storey Victorian private residence built in 1906.

The Oberon District Museum has an excellent collection of items of local historical interest. The Oberon District Museum is open Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 5.00pm and other times by appointment.

Contact:
Phone: (02) 6336 1016
Address: C/-62 Scotia Avenue, Oberon, 2787

Oberon Military Museum houses an array of weapons from the Boer War to the present day, both real and replicas. Work your way through an extensive library of books, videos and dvds, displays of medals, trophies and photos and histories of some of the young men from the local area. Bring a picnic with you and lunch in the tranquil surrounds of the memorial gardens or enjoy a tea or coffee available in the museum. Opposite the RSL Club, the Military Museum is open 12.30 – 4.00pm Wednesday and Friday, 10.00am – 4.00pm Saturdays and Public holidays, or on request. Contact 0438 615 653 or 0408 610 848.

Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway, North Street, Oberon opens their display on the first Saturday of each month between 10.00am and 2.00pm. Contact 0422 596 438

Amongst Oberon's significant buildings are St Barnabas Anglican Church, built in 1869, and the Art Deco Malachi Gilmore Hall built in 1937 the front of which is now Cobweb Craft Shop. All three are in Oberon Street.

Cobweb Craft Shop, has on display, the 8 Bicentennial Tapestries, designed by artist Kim Rabbidge and hand stitched by over 70 local needle workers.

These works of art depict not only the landscape and primary industry but examples of historic buildings.

Twenty Four hand painted and appliquéd banners for street display and some for local organisations were made by 40 needle workers. These are on show for special occasions, they were designed and assembled at two workshops held in Oberon under the guidance of textile artist, Tore de Mestre. Several small banners hang in the Oberon Library.

The Daffodil Festival, first held in 1984 was an annual event taking place on the last weekend in September. Taking place of this festival are the spectacular open gardens and special attractions.

Australia Day Celebrations organised by Oberon Council, are held in a casual atmosphere usually with an official ambassador, naturalisation ceremonies and flag raising. Enjoy a tasty traditional morning tea, afternoon of fun bowls, BBQ and lots more ...

A festive atmosphere is created by the massed display of colourful banners depicting aspects of Oberon, with a program of typically Australian sporting activities following the formalities.


The Oberon Agricultural Show, which celebrated its centenary in 1999 is held over the second weekend in February. The full program includes livestock, ring events, produce, floral displays, cooking, harness racing, sideshows and novelty attractions. There is all the fun of the fair with plenty of food and beverages available.

The Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair, held over the first weekend in February, is an event with something for everyone. Steam is the major feature with road steam engines and stationary engines. See this impressive machinery at its best, both on the road and working heritage displays that highlight Oberon’s and Australia’s past. Enjoy the grand parade, music, markets and more.

Several Artists and Crafts people have studios in the district. Open on a regular basis or by appointment.

Oberon has a strong Needleworkers Group and a Spinners and Weavers Guild, both of which produce high quality work.

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