Historical societies in the Blue Mountains

The earliest of the following societies was established in the 1940s, after the Second World War (Blue Mountains HS, 1946). One was established in the 1950s (Springwood HS, 1955), one in the 1960s (Mount Victoria, 1965), one in the 1980s (a family history society: Blue Mountains FHS, 1986), two in the 1990s (Glenbrook, 1992; Mount Wilson, 1995), and two since 2000 (Mid Mountains, 2000; Springwood Historians, 2001).

GLENBROOK:  Glenbrook & District Historical Society. Publications include Nell Aston, Glenbrook and District: A History, Glenbrook, Glenbrook & District Historical Society, 2009.

LAWSON:  Mid Mountains Historical Society (Bullaburra, Lawson, Hazelbrook, Woodford, Linden). The society has a website entitled Mid Mountains History.

MOUNT VICTORIA:  Mount Victoria & District Historical Society. The society’s museum is located in the Mount Victoria Railway Station, Station Street, Mount Victoria.

MOUNT WILSON:  Mount Wilson & Mount Irvine Historical Society. The society runs the Turkish Bath Museum at Mount Wilson. The building was originally constructed as a Turkish bath in the grounds of the home of Richard Wynne, who established a property at Mount Wilson in 1875. Some details are given on websites for Mount Wilson, Tourism New South Wales, and the Heritage Council of New South Wales.

SPRINGWOOD:  Blue Mountains Family History Society. According to the society’s website, the society ‘concentrates on serving the area of the Blue Mountains City Council from the rise from the Cumberland Plain to Mt Victoria and the off shoots of Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine to the north and the Megalong Valley in the south.’ The society’s latest newsletter (12/1/2011) is available online.  Springwood Historians. This is a small group which focuses on public (including family) history, with special reference to the social history of the Springwood district (including Linden, Faulconbridge, Valley Heights and Winmalee). The Springwood Historians have a blog which began in January 2011. Publications include The Making of a Mountain Community: A Biographical Dictionary of the Springwood District (2002).  Springwood Historical Society. The society’s website includes a brief history of Springwood, and a list of publications by the society. There is a brochure listing historic sites in Springwood.

WENTWORTH FALLS:  Blue Mountains Historical Society. According to the society’s website, the society was established by the Blue Mountains County Council in 1946 but is privately owned.* It has the historic cottage ‘Tarella’, used as a museum, and a modern building for archives and research, the Hobby’s Reach Research Centre, in Blaxland Road.

* 28/11/12. The statement ‘privately owned’ requires amendment. The Blue Mountains Historical Society is an incorporated society. See Comments.

2 Responses to Historical societies in the Blue Mountains

  1. Blue Mountains Historical Society Inc at Wentworth Falls is not privately owned although some one put that on the society’s website years ago and it could still be there. It is “owned”, managed, funded and run by members of the incorporated society.

    The website is being upgraded but like so many volunteer groups the people in charge have been busy with repairs, mowing, gardening etc – all part of the maintenance of an historic property.

    • unhurriedtraveller

      Thank you for your comment and clarifications. I have added a footnote. Perhaps the statement ‘privately owned’ was meant to indicate that the society was not run by a government authority?

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