Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah


This 252 hectare garden sits on the summit of a basalt capped peak 1,000 metres above sea level in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains.  The Garden is home to a world class collection of plants from the cooler southern hemisphere.  Open 9am to 5.30pm daily (9.30am Sat/Sun/public hols/closed Xmas Day) FREE ENTRY




Blue Mountain Education and Research Trust

Blue Mountain Education and Research Trust (BMERT), Lawson was legally established in May 2008, with initial capital derived from te sales of Blue Mopuntains Dreaming (Winmalee 1993)

It's aims:

1/ to further the aims of Blue Mountain Centre for Religous Enquiry (BMCRE)

2/ to promote local research, especially in religous and Aboriginal Studies

3/ to desseminate knowledge and ideas on these topics, especially through publications and lectures

4/ to arouse consciousness awareness






Blue Mountains Branch (National Trust)

Meetings, talks, events, excursions, field activities.  See Everglades Historic House and Garden, Norman Lindsay Gallery and Woodford Academy.

Contact 02 4739 3692


Blue Mountains City Libraries Local Studies

Blue Mountains Local Studies collection and photographs
and Springwood Historical Society collection and photographs
in Braemar, access via Springwood Library, Springwood.


Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Official opening 17 November 2012.  Art and heritage exhibitions.  Includes Katoomba Branch Library.


Blue Mountains Family History Society

Based in the Springwood Library with reference materials where assistance is given to help researchers.  Meetings, talks, workshops, excursions, publications, seminars. 


Blue Mountains Historical Society Inc.

Hobby’s Reach, Wentworth Falls.  Substantial local history archives of documents maps & photographs, plus reference library.  Research services available.

Meeting Room, monthly walks & talks

Tarella Cottage Museum with 1890s & early 20th Century furniture & memorabilia of the period.  Check website for opening days.



Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms

Nestled in the village of Leura, within the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Area.  Home of the world’s largest private collection of teapots, most items are on display in the Treasured Teapot Museum.  The tearooms and showrooms offer visitors a truly memorable experience.



Colo Shire Family History Group Inc

The Colo Shire Family History Group is dedicated to researching, recording, preserving and promoting the history of families in the area of the old Colo Shire Council and other areas of the Hawkesbury. Email: or contact Secretary at PO Box 206, Richmond NSW 2753.




Day Fine Art

Day Fine Art was founded in 2010 by Vincent and Helen Day.  The gallery focus is exhibiting artwork with a high level of visual sophistication, from colonial to contemporary Australian art.  Vincent and Helen work closely with a small group of emerging Australian contemporary artists, whose aesthetics vary widely.  Whilst their curatorial philosophy is eclectic, the focus is on contemporary social and environmental issues.  The gallery also has a strong interest in Australian artworks painted between 1830 and 1950.  Their collection includes “The Blue Mountains Images of the Past – 19th Century Albumen Photographs” collected and published by Day Fine Art 2014 Blackheath NSW






Eskbank House


One of the oldest residences in the Lithgow Valley, Eskbank House was built in 1842 by local Stonemason Alexander Binning for the first Industrialist to the Lithgow Valley Mr Thomas Brown MLA.  Today Eskbank House operates as a historic home and museum.




Eskbank Rail Heritage Centre
The Eskbank locomotive depot was established in 1882 with the installation of a 60 foot Sellers Cast Iron Turntable.  The three road engine shed was completed in 1886.

Should anyone be interested in getting involved in this exciting heritage project they can contact the Eskbank Railway Heritage Centre by email

Everglades Historic House and Garden

Thirteen acres of european style gardens and native bushland. Stunning views, terraced lawns, winding paths, stone walls, art deco house. Contact: 02 4784 1938

Glenbrook and District Historical Society inc.


Meetings, talks, events, field trips, archive on local history.   Contact  02 4751 3275


Phone Doug Knowles – 02 4751 3275 or

Tim Miers

02 4739 2384
Hartley District Progress Association Meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences, guided tours WEBSITE




Hawkesbury Historical Society

Established in 1956, the Hawkesbury Historical Society promotes and encourages the study of the history of the Hawkesbury and collects and preserves matter relating to the history of the Hawkesbury.  Membership is open to all residents of the City of Hawkesbury and others who agree with the objects and rules of the Association and who attend a general meeting of the Association.  The Hawkesbury Regional Museum has been operating since 1962, originally run by the Society in premises in Thompson Square, but now the historical collection, owned by the Society, is housed in a purpose built museum at 8 Baker Street Windsor, directly behind the previous building.  The Hawkesbury City Council now operates the museum.  The museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm six days per week.  Closed Tuesday (except by appointment for guided groups).  Public holidays:  Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.





Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society inc.

Research of local history, west of the Hawkesbury River; bi-monthly meetings, excursions, newsletter, publications.175 members.

Contact 02 4573 2226







Leuralla NSW Toy and Railway Museum

“Leuralla” – a grand old Mountains home dates from 1912.  Built as a family home original furnishings and décor give visitors a glimpse into mountain life in the first half of the last century. The 12 acres of temperate gardens were laid down over a hundred years ago. Grand mature trees, including rare conifers, deciduous Beech, Maple, Oaks, Linden, Tulip, Dogwood, and many others, form a backdrop for seasonal under-plantings, arbors and walkways.

Still a family home, “Leuralla” houses the NSW Toy and Railway Museum, one of the most important collections of significant toys, childrens’ literature and models of the 20th century – a period we call the owners call the ‘Golden Age’ of toys.

The museum also houses a collection dedicated to Dr H V Evatt in recognition of his achievements as a great Australian jurist, academic, politician and diplomat.

There are displays of NSW Railway trackside and station memorabilia with interactive train layouts.

Opposite the house there are spectacular views of the Jamison Valley from the “Leuralla Ampitheatre” – a great performance space and popular wedding venue.








Lithgow and District Family History Society

Extensive material to assist researchers. Meetings, talks, workshops, excursions, publications. Contact 02-6353 1089


Lithgow Regional Branch (National Trust)

Meetings, talks, excursions, events, field activities


Lithgow Regional Library/Local Studies

Extensive Local Studies Collection of books, maps, newspapers, documents, council records & historical photos.


Mount Wilson & Mount Irvine Historical Society & Turkish Bath Museum

Turkish Bath Museum, local archives, library, events, group tours, village walks, heritage research, newsletter. 200 members.


Mt Victoria and District Historical Society inc.

Located in Railway Station (former Railway Refreshment Rooms).  substantial collections on crossing and early settlement of the Blue Mountains.




Nepean District Historical Society


The Arms of Australia Inn is situated in the Penrith Valley at the gateway to the Blue Mountains National Park.  The inn was once a staging post for travellers making the trip from Sydney over the Blue Mountains to Bathurst and the goldfields.  Built in two sections, the fist in 1826, it is one of the oldest buildings in Penrith.  The Nepean District Historical Society meets at the inn on the 4th Saturday of each month at 1.00 pm and includes a guest speaker.  The inn is also the home of the NSW Corps of Marines who recreate the lives and times of the First Fleet Marines, sailors, convicts, gentlemen of quality and their ladies.  The museum is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9.00 am to 2.00 pm and the first and third Sunday each month 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.  Open other times by appointment.





Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum

Former home and gardens of distinguished artist, Norman Lindsay.  Galleries, original studio, restaurant, gift sho




Paragon Cafe

The Paragon Cafe is located in a significantly early suite of shops, constructed as an investment in 1909, three of them owned until the 1920s by the Anglican rector of St Hilda’s, later senior curate at St James, Sydney. The acquisition of two of Russell’s shops and the creation of the Paragon, taking its present form between 1925 and 1936, is of state significance, reflecting the flair and taste of a Greek immigrant family with a wide experience in catering, and the need for a high-class tea-room, sundae parlour, confectionery and ballroom in inter-war Katoomba for locals and for visitors.

pH: 4782 2928



Scenic World Blue Mountains Katoomba

Located in original 1878 mine adit.  AV displays, miners’ tools & camp site.  Skyway, walkway, cableway, railway.  Restaurant, cafe, gift shop and book shop. Annual Sculpture in the Valley exhibition.


Springwood Historians

Small Springwood group interested in local history; weekly discussions, research meetings at Springwood library publications. 6 members. Contact email:


Springwood Historical Society inc.

Extensive archival collection about Springwood housed within Local Studies Section of BMCC Library, Springwood Branch.  Meetings and talks.  Publications.


State Mine Heritage Park & Railway, Lithgow

Located at former Coal Mine.  History of Western Coalfields.  Australia’s largest mining artefacts collection, functioning blacksmith shop, workshops.




Transport Signal & Communications Museum

Substantial collection of mainly railway signalling and communications equipment from Australia and NZ, plus a large collection of railway crockery, badges, clocks, telephones, photographs and archives.  Open days, swap meetings, museum tours.

Contact 02 4576 0356



Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum

Located on 19th century locomotive depot.  Historical locomotives, carriages, tramway collection, art and photographic exhibitions.  Rides, gift shops, cafe.



Woodford Academy (built 1830s) – National Trust Blue Mountains Branch

Oldest public building in the Mountains, maintained by the National Trust.  Initially an Inn, later a School.



Zig Zag Railway Co-op ltd.

Built in the 1860s, full size, narrow gauge railway.  Steam trains & diesel rail motors.  Runs 3 times daily for tourists.  Service temporarily suspended.


Individual Members



Brief Biography






Wendy Blaxland

Wendy Blaxland is a writer and theatre worker. A former academic, teacher and performer, she writes plays, poetry, fiction and non-fiction for people of all ages, with over a hundred published children’s books. Many of her recent plays are historically based, including CROSSING, written to help commemorate the Bicentenary of the crossings of the Blue Mountains 2013-2015, and Pioneers in Petticoats, which showcases the lives of extraordinary colonial Australian women.  Wendy is fascinated by the vital place of stories in our lives and the forms these can take, from folk tales, songs and live theatre through to books and pictures. She believes passionately in the power of sharing stories, whether based on facts or springing from imagination, to help us connect and share our humanity.








Fiona Burn

(individual member)

Fiona Burn is a Reference Officer in the Access and Communication program, in the Sydney Office of the National Archives of Australia.  She was Assistant Director of the Program responsible for managing the reference and access service until August 2011 when she took extended leave.  She recently purchased a retirement property in Katoomba and is interested in supporting cultural activities, in particular historical pursuits in the Blue Mountains.

She was a Federal Councillor of the Australian Society of Archivists Inc from 1995 – 2000. She was the Convenor of the Religious Collections Special Interest Group 2001-2004. She was an Australian Society of Archivists Inc representative on the General Council of the History Council of New South Wales from 1999-2012.


Ray Christison (individual member)

Ray Christison is an archaeologist who conducts a heritage consultancy business,

High Ground Consulting, based in Lithgow.  Ray is President of the City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc and has served on the Board of this organisation since 1992.


Ian Jack
(individual member)

Ian Jack is Senior Fellow, St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney, Past President of the Royal Australian Historical Society and Vice-President of BMACHO.  Contact



Wayne Hanley (Individual member)

Wayne Hanley is the current President of the Blue Mountains Historical Society. After an early career as an academic he spent the remainder of his working life in the construction industry. Now retired, he continues to pursue his lifelong interest in historical research and writing, particularly in association with the structure and evolution of the built environment.


Ian Milliss (individual member)

Ian Millis is an artist, a former publishing, IT and heritage consultant and a member of Lithgow Council’s Economic Development and Environment advisory committees.



Patsy Moppett (individual member)

Patsy Moppett is a town planner and heritage officer in local government in the central west of NSW.  Her work includes management of various heritage programs.  She also undertakes historical research and writing, and has training in town planning, heritage, planning law, property planning, the environment and permaculture.  Patsy lives at Yetholme.






Keith Painter

Keith Painter served a printing apprenticeship in typesetting way back in the days of “hot metal”. Instead of becoming a “dinosaur” as that part of the trade died, he moved into offset printing and spent many years in mission printing in Australia, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. A natural move into editorial work followed and then the opportunity to write and publish the Pocket Pal series of Blue Mountains bushwalking guides (8 titles so far) of which over 5,000 copies have been sold. He runs a tiny publishing operation called Mountain Mist Books. His last Pocket Pal, "Great Walks at Mount Victoria", led him into local history and he has written two books on the 1920s chert industry at Mount Victoria. He retired in 2015 after ten years as a casual guide at Jenolan Caves and has more bushwalking and local history books in the planning basket. He is currently working on "The Hassans Walls Story 1815-2016". He lives at Raglan.





Peter Rickwood (individual member)

Peter Rickwood is Editor of the Blue Mountains History Journal;  Public Officer and Past-President of the Blue Mountains Historical Society;  and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales.



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