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.

Open Day – Sunday June 30

June 30, 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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Showgirl’s Luck and the old Lapstone Hotel

July 6, 2024 10:30 am

John Lanser will talk on the making of Australia’s earliest talking film which was filmed, commencing in 1930, at the old Lapstone Hotel. John will

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Excursion – ANSTO, Lucas Heights

July 17, 2024 8:30 am

We have booked a guided tour of ANSTO, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation based at Lucas Heights.  It is responsible for the operation

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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

June/July Hobby’s Outreach and Membership

The Paragon Café, Katoomba

History of Tarella Cottage

Delving Into the McLaughlin Family Heritage at Tarella Cottage

Loading coal at Katoomba Railway Station 1882

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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