Blue Mountains History Plaza 3 Sisters, Blue Mountains, Australia.
Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Australian History - Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains History

Blue Mountains as a Sanatorium
From a c1900 tourist guide: how the Mountains can benefit your health. Makes some interesting claims based on medical opinions of the day.
Crossing the Blue Mountains
Were Blaxland, Lawson & Wentworth really the first?
Learn about John Wilson, Francis Barrallier, George Caley
George Evans reaches Bathurst area.
William Cox builds the first road.
Engineer's Track - Grose River Gorge
A proposed rail route, army engineers, & neglectful superiors!
Exploration & Development of the Blue Mountains
A chronological index with links.
Fairfax Residence camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Built in 1876 in Mt Victoria, became Coopers Hotel in 1888. Photo.
Giant Stairway, Katoomba camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Descend 300m into the Jamison Valley.
Map of Katoomba Bushwalks
Dated 1894. Also shows cable tramway and coal mine.
Mitchell's Bridge camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Victoria Pass, Mt Victoria. Opened 1832. Historic photo.
Mt Wilson camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Brief background and historic photo of old Post Office.
Museums & Galleries
Come & see how our ancestors lived.
Railway Pages camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
A guide to historic railway sites in the Blue Mountains region, including:
Glow Worm Tunnel on the abandoned Wolgan Valley Railway. camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Hartley Vale shale mining works. Map, historic photos. camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Katoomba Cable Tramlines Map, historic photo.
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Kerosene shale mining. Photo. camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Lapstone Hill railway routes. Photos, recent & historic.
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Lithgow Zig Zag. Photos, recent & historic; historic documents.
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Wolgan Valley Railway Historic document. camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Schools in the Blue Mountains
Public & independent schools in the Blue Mountains.
Six Foot Track camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Constructed as a bridle track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.  
Western Wall
History of road & railway routes down the western escarpment. Map.
Woodford Academy
Oldest building in the Blue Mountains. Illustration.


External Blue Mountains History Sites

Burragorang Tales
Life in Burragorang Valley, now flooded by Warragamba Dam.
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Gardens of Mount Wilson camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Includes brief histories of several properties.
Glen Alice Public School - History camera_tiny.gif (887 bytes)
Glen Alice and Glen Davis were shale mining towns.
Lithgow & District Family History Society
Includes Hartley. Good range of information.
Lithgow - Living History
Lithgow Tourism.
William Charles Wentworth
One of the Three Explorers.


Other Regions

Other Australian History & Genealogy Sites


Katoomba Railway Station and surrounds, Blue Mountains


Katoomba Railway Station and surrounds. Date appears to be 1906. Note the Railway Hotel, and the large establishment which is the Coffee Palace. The council chambers now occupies the Coffee Palace site. The cable is probably for telegraph. Can anyone supply more information? E-mail us.
Courtesy Blue Mountains City Library - Local Studies Collection


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