Tracing the Footsteps of
Blue Mountains' History

The Blue Mountains Historical Society was established in 1946 by the Blue Mountains Council, later moving to the historic cottage Tarella, which is now used as a museum and is open to the public on the last Sunday of each month from January to November. The Society is housed in a modern building with research rooms, library, kitchen and meeting rooms adjacent to Tarella.


Come visit our museum, open to the public on the last Sunday of earch month from January to November


The Research Centre’s normal opening hours are each Tuesday and Friday from 10.00am to 2.00pm from mid January to mid December

Unlock Your Home's History

Discover the stories behind your historical property with our donation-based research. Whether you’re a new owner or a history buff, we’ll help uncover the secrets of your house or building’s past.

Tarella Open Day – Sunday 28 July

July 28, 2024 10:00 am

Tarella House Cottage Historical Museum Open Day. Tarella House historical cottage will be open to both members and the public for inspection on the last

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Meeting & Public Talk – Andy Macqueen “The Frenchman: Francis Barrallier, life and journeys 1772-1853

August 3, 2024 10:30 am

Andy Macqueen, a well known member of the Blue Mountains community and a very long term member of the Blue Mountains Historical Society, will speak

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BMHS Monthly Management Meeting – 16 August 2024

August 16, 2024 10:00 am

The Blue Mountains Historical Society Management Committee meets the third Friday of every month.

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John Britty North

The Story of John Britty North 1831-1917

A showgirl’s Luck & the Lapstone Hotel, a historic perspective

History as Told in Folk Song

BMHS June News Bulletin

Treasures in the Library – Breaking the Bank

Two photos of Katoomba Railway Station in 1883.

Peter Doyle discusses the Historic Police photo forensic archive, 1/6/2024

The Paragon Café, Katoomba

Capturing the Past

Our historical photo archive is a treasure trove of visual history, encompassing snapshots of daily life, iconic landmarks, and significant events that have shaped the area over the years. Members gain access as a part of membership. 

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Platinum-Blue Mountains Historical Society at 70


Wentworth Falls Moore Estate Poster


Wentworth Falls Lyle Estate Poster