About The Mid Mountains Historical Society

W e are a group of people who came together in May 2000 to set up a small organisation with a specific interest in the history and heritage of the Mid Mountains area. At this first meeting we drew up a statement of what should be our aims and objectives and there is a copy of this below.

As our group grew we decided to become an Incorporated Association and to become an affiliated member of the Royal Australian Historical Society.

Since that beginning we have continued to work within the framework we set ourselves. Our activities include

A regular monthly Newsletter known as the Notes from the Swamp which is intended to keep our members informed of both our activities and news of items of historical and heritage importance

Regular bi-monthly meetings usually on the 4th Thursday of the month at the moment held in the Meeting Room  behind Lawson Library.

Usually we invite a speaker to lead our discussion and we have covered topics as diverse as the pre-European history of both our own area and the Mountains in general; items of purely local history including a look at a neighbouring area such as Bullaburra;the opening up of the Blue Mountains with Cox's Road and the railway;the conservation of the cemeteries of the Blue Mountains including our own Lawson Cemetery and its history; the Australian Placenames Survey; Lawson heritage and the widening of the Great Western Highway.

Alternate monthly activities including visits of inspection to items of local historical interest such as  Mount York and its memorials and sections of Cox's Road;  the Mount Wilson Turkish Bath; the "Gully" (Catalina Park) at Katoomba and its rich Aboriginal history; Mount Victoria's Museum; the Lapstone Zig Zag.

Submissions to bodies such as the RTA, the Blue Mountains City Council, the NSW Heritage Office and various politicians raising matters of historical and heritage importance in our area.
Our concerns have included the Mechanics Institute (Old Community Hall); the Bowling Club and its place on the Heritage Register; the Explorers' Monument and the Douglas Square area; the impact on our heritage of plans for the redevelopment of the Lawson Township.

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phone contact  4759-2647

Perhaps you might like to join the Historical Society?

download a membership form here

The Burra Charter

The Burra Charter provides guidance for the conservation and management of places of cultural significance (cultural heritage places), and is based on the knowledge and experience of Australia ICOMOS members.

Read It here

General Acknowledgments For This Website

Photographs and information provided by;

Heather Mollenhauer.

Blue Mountains City Library Local Studies Collection

(Springwood Historical Society.)

Dieter Bauer and Jennifer Sattler (Badgerys Attic, Lawson)

Christmas Swamp A History of Lawson. By S.J. Bently. Springwood Historical Society.)