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5. Bathurst the City of Beautiful Environment.

With many evidences in the architecture of her buildings that she is still progressing, still in a period of transition, Bathurst presents within her bounds and her environment fine models of architectural beauty and of the perfection of the gardener's art, of the just combination of elegant taste and utility in her public buildings, of foresight and proportion in her street planning. Than Machattie Park, where can a lovelier recreation reserve be found of its size? Than the District Hospital, a nobler building, site, and accommodation and convenience, being considered? Then the great houses and charming villas, the stately cathedrals, churches and colleges,—they manifest in themselves the attributes of refinement and a cultivated civilisation, and, in their situation, an admirable sense of the dignified and well-proportioned. The undulating downs on which the city is built, the sweeping curves of the hill-united horizons, the pellucidity of the atmosphere, the largeness of aspect in every direction, the umbrageousness that shelters mansion and cot alike, all combine to make Bathurst A City Beautiful, one of which its citizens and its neighbours are justly proud. The centre of large and numerous social and political activities, it is equally the converging point of great industrial and agricultural and pastoral interests. A city wisely planned, it has in process of gradual evolution grown carefully and been moulded carefully. Always expanding, it would seem indeed as if in its beginnings its Founder had contemplated some such Future for it, and as if the men of the later generations had thought after him and followed in his steps so as to make their city a fit shrine for any distinction—even for the supreme distinction of being “The Treasure-house of the Nation's Heart.”

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