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 26 May

May 26, 2024 10:00 am

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

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Meeting & Public Talk – Peter Doyle Speaker

June 1, 2024 10:30 am

Meeting and Public Talk – Peter Doyle speaks about ‘Forensic and Photographic Archive, Justice and Police Museum.

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BMHS Tour – Cabramatta Temple Crawl

June 19, 2024 12:00 am

Sample the cultural vitality of Cabramatta including visiting the amazing Chinese/Buddhist temples. Cost $25 (tentatively no entry fees, but some places may ask for donations).

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The Paragon Café, Katoomba

History of Tarella Cottage

Delving Into the McLaughlin Family Heritage at Tarella Cottage

The Coal and Shale Tramways of Katoomba 1883-1903

Tarella Cottage Museum Open Day Easter Sunday

Beryl McLaughlin Awarded a Blue Plaque

The History of Catalina Racetrack as told by John Lanser

Private Ryan and The Lost Peace – Douglas Newton

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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