The Blacktown Visitor Information & Heritage Centre
The Blacktown Visitor Information & Heritage Centre inspires visitors to engage with Blacktown's rich culture and heritage. It is one of the few only remaining heritage buildings in Blacktown City and features an historical exhibition. The building itself used to house the former Blacktown Public School, which in 1877, was the first school to ever open in Blacktown. It remained a school until the early 1990's. In 2007, the building underwent extensive renovations and became the City's first Accredited Visitor Information Centre.
The centre is the only place where you can purchase unique 'Blacktown' merchandise in the city, including the official 'I Love Blacktown' T Shirt, and is also a valuable source of information about things to do and see in Blacktown City. Pop in for a visit from Tuesday to Saturday 10am-3pm.
Civic Plaza, Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown NSW 2148
1300 302 858
The Prospect History Cottage
Originally built c1890's to house Prospect Reservoir staff, today this restored cottage has been turned into a wonderful museum which contains displays and information on the history of old Prospect including William Lawson, his farm Veteran Hall, his son Nelson Lawson and his mansion Greystanes.
Also items related to the Reservoir, Churches, quarry, school, Inns as well as the first European settlers and those that followed. Open 11am - 3pm on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Entry is by gold coin donation.
Located on the right hand side of the tree lined drive leading to Prospect Reservoir, Reservoir Rd Prospect NSW.
The Manse - Historical Cottage and Home to the Mount Druitt Historical Society
Originally built in 1887 as a residential property, the Manse has had many uses over the years including that of a Church. Today it houses the Mount Druitt Historical Society and has been beautifully restored.
The historical society offer genealogy classes and heritage trail tours of Mount Druitt. The Manse is generally opened Monday and Friday from 10am to 2pm, Wednesday 9am to 1pm and Saturday 2pm to 4pm. Everyone is welcome and the Historical Society library assistants look forward to starting you on your search into family history.
23 The Avenue, Mt Druitt, NSW.
Rouse Hill House and Farm
Rouse Hill house and farm is an historic property which archives the lives, tastes and fortunes of an Australian pastoral family. Over seven generations of the Rouse family lived at the c1813 property. Explore the 19th Century farm outbuildings, paddocks, gardens, machinery and the rich collection of objects overlaid with later additions and conserved intact as an essentially undisturbed record of a family's long history.
At the heart of the property lies a Georgian sandstone dwelling built between 1813 and 1818 by convict labourers assigned to the free-settler, Richard Rouse.
356 Annagrove Rd, Rouse Hill NSW
St Bartholomews Church and Cemetery
St Bartholomew’s Church, which opened in 1841, was the first church to be built in the Prospect area. It came to be when William Lawson called for tenders for the building of the Church in 1838, after securing community interest two years prior. Records show the first baptisms held at the Church were of Margaret, Mary and James Goodin, on 2 May 1841. Sadly, Margaret’s elder sister, Ann, and Margaret herself were the first burials on 18 July 1841.
The Church operated until the end of 1967, when, due to a major vandalism attack, it was closed. Blacktown City Council purchased the property in 2001 and saw major restoration works.
The Church is of Colonial Georgian design, being a rectangular brick structure with a nave, chancel and two vestries, each vestry having an entrance door. The main entrance is through the bell tower at the front of the building. The tower has a square base with an octagonal belfry. The bell has recently been reinstated to the tower
Ponds Rd, Prospect (just off the Great Western Hwy).
Blacktown and District Bicentennial Musuem in Riverstone
Originally the first public school to open in Riverstone in 1882, this museum now displays items from the historic meatworks, historical farm machinery, household furniture, sporting memorabilia, books, photos, military items plus more.
Open the first Sunday of every month, 11am-3pm (closed in January).
81 Garfied Rd East, Riverstone NSW
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