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Celebrating our 70th Birthday in 2016

In 2016 we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the BMHS. This is an opportunity for you to play your part in recording history. If you have any past experiences which involve the Society, either by way of interesting anecdotes or any other items of information or perhaps photographs, please share them with us to enable us to ensure that we have the most comprehensive record possible of the activities of the BMHS and its people. You can do so by writing your memories onto this downloadable sheet and leaving it with us today, by taking it home, writing it out later and mailing it to us at P.O. Box 17, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782, or by emailing us at

Thank you in advance for playing your part in helping us retain a most important part of Blue Mountain's history.

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About The Blue Mountains Historical Society

The Blue Mountains Historical Society was established in 1946 by the Blue Mountains County Council, later moving to the historic cottage Tarella which is now used as a museum and is open to the public several times a year. The Society is run by volunteers through a Management Committee, and also has a modern building housing the research centre, a library and meeting rooms.

Hobby's Reach research centre and the historic cottage Tarella are two hidden treasures situated on the original road over the Blue Mountains constructed by William Cox in 1814. They are situated in one and a half hectares of gardens and grounds.

Lieutenant Thomas Hobby constructed the straight section of road directly outside our premises and we recognise that fact by naming the research centre Hobby's Reach.

The Society holds monthly meetings when a speaker gives a talk of historical interest.


Monthly meetings are held at Hobby's Reach on the first Saturday of each month from February to November, at 10am, when there is a guest speaker. Tea and coffee are served from 10am.
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Excursions to places of historical interest, in the Blue Mountains and further afield, are held most months.
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Hobby's Outreach, published bi-monthly, keeps members advised of coming speakers and activities.
See Hobby's Outreach...

Tarella 1910, Ada McLaughlin with her two daughters and friends


Society Publications cover Wentworth Falls, the McLaughlin Family and the Blue Mountains Historical Society.
Member Publications include a variety of titles covering the Blue Mountains and general history of Australia.

All books are sold in the Hobby's Reach Research Centre.

Tarella's highground, 905m AMSL,
overlooks the Cumberland Plain to Sydney

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