The following museums in the Blue Mountains not only preserve items of historical interest but involve the preservation of buildings and grounds of heritage significance.
FAULCONBRIDGE: Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum.14 Norman Lindsay Crescent. This National Trust property was formerly the house and gardens of artist Norman Lindsay, and includes his studio.
LEURA: Leuralla New South Wales Toy & Railway Museum. 36 Olympian Parade. The museum is in the heritage-listed house ‘Leuralla’. Displays include items relating to Alice in Wonderland. The model railway displays include an outdoor garden railway. The Doc Evatt Memorial Room has photographs of international political figures of the 1930s-1950s. An amphitheatre is used for weddings. The house was at one time owned by C.R. Evatt, brother of H.V. Evatt and himself a parliamentarian.
MOUNT VICTORIA: Mount Victoria & District Historical Society Museum. The museum is in part of the heritage listed Mount Victoria Railway Station. Items document the crossing of the Blue Mountains and early stages of settlement.
VALLEY HEIGHTS: Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum. Tusculum Road. The museum is the Blue Mountains Division of the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum. The old Locomotive Depot buildings are preserved, along with items documenting the history of the railways in the Blue Mountains. [A six-month project to catalogue the museum’s exhibition items began on 1/2/2011.]
WENTWORTH FALLS: Tarella Cottage Museum (Blue Mountains Historical Society). 99-101 Blaxland Road. This cottage was built in 1890 by Sydney solicitor and parliamentarian John McLaughlin on land granted to him on Cox’s Road. His daughter Beryl McLaughlin, who died in 1988, left the house, contents and what remained of the land to the Blue Mountains Historical Society. The museum contains items from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The nearby Hobby’s Reach Research Centre, named after that stretch of Cox’s Road, built by Lieutenant Thomas Hobby, holds historical archives.
WOODFORD: Woodford Academy. 90-95 Great Western Highway. This is a National Trust property preserving the Blue Mountains’ oldest group of buildings, dating back to the time of a land grant to former convict Thomas Pembroke, who erected the first building c. 1834. It has been the site of an inn (the Woodman Inn, the King’s Arms, Buss’s Inn), a residence, a boys’ school (Woodford Academy, 1907-1925) and a school for local children, a guest house and a boarding house.
Clive Evatt: Chris Cunneen and John Kennedy McLaughlin, ‘Evatt, Clive Raleigh (1900-1984)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, [date?], pp. 367-368, and online; ‘The Hon. Clive Raleigh Evatt (1900-1984)’, Parliament of New South Wales. Dr Evatt: G.C. Bolton, ‘Evatt, Herbert Vere (Bert) (1894-1965)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 14, 1996, pp. 108-114, and online; ‘Mr Herbert Vere Evatt (1894-1965)’, Parliament of New South Wales. Norman Lindsay: Bernard Smith, ‘Lindsay, Norman Alfred Williams (1879-1969)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, 1986, pp. 106-115, and online. John McLaughlin (associated with Tarella Cottage): ‘Mr John McLaughlin (1850-1918)’, Parliament of New South Wales.
Postscript reference: Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum cataloguing project: cf. ‘Chance to preserve rail heritage’, Blue Mountains Gazette 2/2/2011.