Lenore Davi of Katoomba Amusement Company and Vicki Hartley of Lithgow Living History By Ellen Hill for Hartley Historic Site Photos: David Hill Convict lashings and historic re-enactors will mingle with 21st century lasers at the annual Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on October 30. To be held on All Hallows Eve, the family-friendly Back to Hartley event is an opportunity for locals and visitors to the area to explore one of the finest examp
St Bernard’s Presbytery at Hartley Historic Site. By Ellen Hill for Hartley Historic Site Photos: David Hill New upmarket accommodation at the gateway to the NSW Central West gives visitors the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Australia’s colonial past. St Bernard’s Presbytery and Old Trahlee properties at Hartley Historic Site will open for bookings from June. Managed by the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) since 1972 under the NSW Office of Envi
By Ellen Hill for Hartley Historic Site Photos: David Hill The only dedicated indigenous art gallery in the NSW Central West showcases the evolution of art from the ancient culture to convict Australia and then to modern Aboriginal talent. The Kew-Y-Ahn Art Gallery was opened by then NSW Governor Professor Dame Marie Bashir AC CVO in June 2013 at Hartley Historic Site east of Lithgow. Hartley Historic Site manager Steve Ring said the gallery aimed to forge new re
(l-r) Lithgow Living History members Robyn Burton, Vicki Hartley, Ian Rufus and Alexa Burton bring Hartley Historic Site to life. By Ellen Hill for Hartley Historic Site Photos: David Hill Explore one of the best examples of colonial history afresh when Hartley Historic Site holds its annual Back to Hartley family fair on Sunday, October 25. Be entertained with live music by Lithgow Folk Club; take a trike or pony ride; have a
Autumn leaf floating on the surface of the Hawkesbury River at Hanna Park, North Richmond. By Ellen Hill Photos: David Hill (Continuing the story of the Hawkesbury River, we re-publish here an article that featured in the April-May 2009 edition of Blue Mountains Life magazine.) THE last tendrils of fog swirl up to meet the golden rays of a weak winter sun, mirrored on the still surface of the water. The occasional jumping fish makes a quiet “blip’’ noise.
The Smith Park picnic area becomes part of Pugh’s Lagoon on the Hawkesbury River floodplain during flood. By Ellen Hill Photos: David Hill (As NSW experiences the worst floods in decades, it is worth remembering that flood waters have been a regular feature of the Hawkesbury River for centuries. This feature article by the Deep Hill Media team appeared in the October/November 2010 edition of Blue Mountains Life magazine. It is republished here wi