BMHS News Bulletin – 17 Dec, 2023

Dear Members and Friends of Blue Mountains Historical Society,

A final reminder that the Society is now in recess over the Christmas/New Year period.

First Events for 2024

BMHS currently in Recess – Re-opens Tuesday 9 January 2024

The Hobby’s Reach Research Centre will re-open again on Tuesday 9 January 2024 at 10am  closing, as usual, at 2.00pm. From then on, normal times will operate.

January 2024 Gardening Bee – Saturday 27 January 2024

For green fingered members, there will be a Gardening Bee on Saturday 27 January 2024, between 10am and 12,00pm, prior to the Open Day. Please ring the Society and leave a message on the phone if you can help.

January 2024 Open Day – Sunday 28 January 2024

The first Open Day will be on Sunday 28 January 2024 from 10am to 3pm. We would love to hear from folk who could spare an hour or to, helping on Open Day (kitchen and morning and afternoon teas, assisting in Tarella, helping in the old Tarella Kitchen, etc).

BMHS Meeting and Public Talk – Saturday 3 February 2024

The first meeting and public talk of the Blue Mountains Historical Society for 2024 will take place on Saturday 3 February commencing at 10.30am and will feature a talk entitled “Tall Stories” by Michael Duffy. The talk is subtitled ‘A Lively History of the Blue Mountains’.

This talk will be based on Michael’s recently published and very well received book.

Michael will lead us through the “true” and “not so true” stories of the Blue Mountains. Don’t miss it!

First BMHS Excursion for 2024 – The Katoomba Story Walking Tour

The Society’s first outing for 2024 will be The Katoomba Story Walking Tour which will occur on 8 February 2024. It will be led by Sue Collins, one of our members, who conducts tours under the name “Mountains Tales”. We will meet at the old Gearin Hotel (273 Great Western Highway, Katoomba) at 9.50 am for a 10.00 am departure. There is free parking in the Railway commuter carpark.

This is a social gathering for society members, partners and friends. There is a 1.5 km walk involved, over the two hours, walking on council footpaths, stopping every 100 metres for a chat. Our tour ends at the Carrington Hotel where we will enjoy a Devonshire Tea. The cost is $44.00, cash or EFTPOS.

If you have any questions or to book, call Sue Collins on 0410 600 224 or email Sue on  Minimum number, 12 guests. Maximum number, 20 guests.



Second BMHS Excursion for 2024 – Powering the Mountains

Our second excursion for 2024 is on Wednesday 21 February 2024. Powering the Blue Mountains will travel to the Carrington Hotel power station, powerhouse North Katoomba, Mt Piper power station, Hampton Hotel, Hampton Wind turbines. The  Mt Piper tour is one hour involving a few steps and going downwards only . There is a lift to ascend. People who may find this difficult can stay in the visitors centre.  Our Tour Guide is Paul Innes. Cost is $25, no other costs except purchase of lunch. If you would like more information or to book, contact Chris Webber on 0424 720 676 or Numbers are limited to 20.

Hobby’s Outreach and Newsletter

The next edition of Hobby’s Outreach is due to be published towards the end of January 2024. If you have any information or stories that you think might be of interest, please contact Erik Halbert on

A further short newsletter, like this, will be emailed in the middle of January.

Updates for Events and Activities on the Society’s Internet page

The Society’s event calendar on our Internet site has been updated, to the best of our knowledge at this point, until July 2024. Please access this via the drop down menu under the What’s On section at the top of the Society’s web page. The Internet address is

We will endeavour to keep this section of the Internet site up to date in future as further information and news about the Society and its activities comes to hand.

Plans are also in place to significantly upgrade and update the Internet site in the very near future with meetings to do this beginning this week. We hope that changes will become obvious very early in the new year. So, check in with the Internet site every now and then for updates about events and other news.

Thank You and Season’s Greetings.

The Society’s Management Committee would like to thank our members and friends for their support throughout 2023. Without your help, and the continuation of your membership, the Society would simply not be able to exist.

Your Support is very much appreciated.

The President and the Management Committee would like to wish all members of the Society the very best for Christmas and the New Year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

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