In 1924 a meeting was held in Penrith by Arthur Judges who saw the benefits of keeping items of Australian history alive for future generations.
At the meeting a resolution was passed to form the Nepean District Historical Society. Another meeting was reported to elect the office bearers, but after that there is no further knowledge of this group.
The society was officially re-established the 12th of August 1947. It continued to operate from the private homes of members until 1971 when it was granted use of the old Arms of Australia Inn building that had been left in disrepair.
Five years later, after extensive restoration and hard work, the society relocated to the inn and it has been the headquarters of the society ever since. The society collects information, photos and artefacts that were used, or relate to, the local Penrith and Nepean district.
The society meets on the fourth Saturday of each month at the museum at 1pm for general business and generally has a guest speaker.
Member activities include historical tours, a monthly newsletter which can be down loaded via the Side Menu, social functions and displays. There is also the opportunity to learn about and participate in the history of the area.
For more information please call the Inn on (02) 4735 4394 during opening hours.