We acknowledge and respect the Darug and Gundungurra People, the Traditional People of the area.

The Mechanics Institute Lawson


mechanics institute p> The original building was officially opened in 1903 was constructed from the materials of the 1867 Lawson Railway Station. Later additions to the side and front entrance of the building were made from bricks from Mount Victoria's old railway station. (click photo to enlarge)

Photos of renovated hall will be shown soon

It was intended to house the Literary and Debating Society set up in 1896 (using the building of the original Blue Mountain Inn as its meeting place) and the library that was growing rapidly. In 1911 it became the Literary Institute and in the 1960s the Lawson Community Centre. Until the 1960s it was a major social centre for the area.

Chronological History Of The Mechanics Institute (Community Hall)

Read About The History of The Mechanics Institute (Community Hall)

Mechanics Institute Heritage Report

Residents talk About Their Memories Of the Hall