Historical Open Day Sunday July 16
The Nepean District Historical Society will be holding their annual Historical Festival and Open Day at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum on July 16 at Emu Plains, NSW from 9am to 3pm. Admission is free.
This year’s Open Day will be centred on celebrating one of the most important achievements in our early colonial history, the opening for the Victoria Bridge and the start of the railway line from Penrith to Wentworth Falls in 1867.
There will be special displays of railway equipment, and a display in the inn telling the history of the building of the bridge and the railway line which went to Bathurst and the West.
The NSW Corp of Marines, who recreate the lives and times of the First Fleet Marines, will be at the festival and will be in charge of keeping law and order, helped by members of the 5th Light Horse Regiment from Windsor.
As in previous years, the festival will have activities for young and old - including the animal farm, pony rides, the old fashioned school room where they can write on slates, merry-go-round and jumping castle, plus plenty of stalls, displays, live music and food.
Arms of Australia Inn Museum
Welcome to the Arms of Australia Inn Museum in the Penrith Valley at Emu Plains, NSW, Australia. The inn is administered by the Nepean District Historical Society (NDHS), and is situated 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 it two sections, the first in 1826, it is one of the oldest buildings in Penrith, if not the oldest.
Due to its colourful history, the inn provides an interesting venue for local activities, tour groups, special events, school tours and exhibitions. The museum contains artefacts that were either used or manufactured in the local area and thousands of photos.
The Nepean District Historical Society meets at the Inn on the 4th Saturday of each month at 1pm and includes a guest speaker. Visitors are welcome.
The NSW Corps of Marines also call the Arms of Australia Inn Museum home, their members recreate the lives and times of the First Fleet Marines, sailors, convicts, gentlemen of quality and their ladies.