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 photographsand Springwood Historical Society collection and photographsin Braemar, access via Springwood Library, Springwood.


Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Art and heritage exhibitions.  Includes Katoomba Branch Library. Check the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre website for upcoming events.


Blue Mountains Family History Society Inc

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 talks first Saturday of each month, February to November.

Tarella Cottage Museum with 1890s & early 20th Century furniture & memorabilia of the period.  Check website for opening days. Usually open on the third Sunday of the month, February to November.


Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum and 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.  or contact Secretary at PO Box 206, Richmond NSW 2753.

Eskbank House & Museum

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

Friends of the Paragon

The Friends of The Paragon (FoTP) was formed in 2013.

Our aims are to

  • Strive to protect and promote the architectural, social and industrial legacy of the Simos family as embodied in The Paragon buildings and its history
  • Act as an advocate for that legacy and
  • Foster respect for that legacy with owners of the premises and business and to encourage the preservation and sympathetic development of assets that embody that legacy


Glenbrook & District Historical Society inc.

Museum Hours: 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month (not January), where you will find a rich archive of local history.  Enter via the Park Street gates.  The museum is in the first weatherboard building on your left.  See the programme for History Walks under 'Planned Events' on this website.

For History Walk bookings - phone Doug Knowles on 02 4751 3275


Hartley District Progress Association 'A Moment in Time' exhibition, Cox's Road Heritage Walks, Hartley History, Historic Photos, Hartley Oral History Project, Hartley Historic Village. "Hartley Rocks 1813 - 2012' Celebrate the Journey.





Hawkesbury Historical Society Inc

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 & 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 Inc

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 Inc & 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 and Museum

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



Nepean District Historical Society Inc and "The Arms of Australia Inn"



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 shop.


Scenic World  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. 


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.

Phone 02 4576 0356



Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum

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




Woodford Academy 

Oldest public building in the Mountains, built 1830s, maintained by the National Trust and managed by the Woodford Academy Management Committee.  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 (Individual Member)


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 has retired, but was formally 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 has 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 Iindividual 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.




Philip Hammon
(Individual Member)

Philip Hammon has retired from the position of General Manager at Scenic World.  He started work there in 1964 as an apprentice electrician.

During his time there, he oversaw the building of the Cableway, and the associated boardwalks in the rainforest. He rebuilt the Skyway in 2004 along with extensive building renovations.

He now occupies his time with research on the history of the mining in the Katoomba area, ballroom dancing, playing the drums and performing and creating the sound effects for Blue Mountains Radio Players.



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. 



Wayne Hanley (Individual Member)

Wayne Hanley is former 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 Iindividual 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 (Individual Member)

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 has published "The Hassans Walls Story 1815-2016". He lives at Raglan.





Peter Rickwood Iindividual 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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