Railway Refreshment Room Exhibit [20/06/2015]
Here are some photos of the new RRR exhibit at the Museum. The building in which the Museum is housed was originally the Railway Refreshment Rooms. The Museum has a very rare collection of old refreshment room tableware. The building in which the Museum is housed was originally the old railway refreshment rooms. The dining room tables were elegantly set with white linen and silver plated cutlery and tea sets. The refreshment rooms generally had a welcoming and homely atmosphere with vases of fresh flowers and bowls of fruit on the tables and side boards.
Updating the Museum’s Exhibits. [15/04/2015]
Our small band of volunteers are working steadily to improve the location and presentation of the Museum’s collection exhibits. Through the recently completed Significant Assessment study we were able to determine the historical importance of specific items and collections of items held by the Museum. We are now able to plan the exhibition spaces within the Museum to better display our most important collections. This involves a great deal of work which will take many months to complete.
Some of our most significant collections include:
The Railway Refreshment Room; once housed in the Museum building.
Tourism in the upper Blue Mountains: hotels, transport and entertainment.
The Crossing of the Blue Mountains; Cox’s Road 1813 -1815.
Mitchell’s Road 1832; the building of Victoria Pass including the Convict Stockades.
The Mel Ward natural history collection.
Farming and settlers in the local district: farm equipment, tools and saddlery.
The Osborne Ladies College: formerly located at Blackheath.
Domestic and Household: furniture, kitchen, laundry, textiles and personal items.
Local History: businesses, schools and trades.
Mining: coal, chert and shale mining in the upper mountains and district.