William Cox Historical Festival Celebrates bicentenary trilogy on 19 July
This year’s William Cox Historical Festival and Open Day at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum on Sunday July 19 marks the final chapter in the bicentenary trilogy of the colony’s early years.
At 11am on the day, Fiona Scott, Federal MP for Lindsay will unveil a plaque at the museum to commemorate the three bicentenaries - the crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in 1813; the building of the road across the mountains by William Cox in 1814; and Governor Macquarie’s trip over the new road to the new settlement on the western plains, which he named Bathurst.
Music by Tall Timbre Country and Western Band, with guests from the Bushwackers, and the Penrith City Band, will entertain visitors. To make sure all goes smoothly, the NSW Corps of Marines will keep order.
As in previous years, the festival will have a host of activities for young and old - including wagon rides, animals and pony rides, the old fashioned school room, merry-go-round and jumping castle, plus plenty of stalls and food.
The William Cox Festival and Open Day is at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum on the corner of the Great Western Highway and Gardenia Avenue, Emu Plains from 9am to 3pm. Admission is free.
Arms of Australia Inn Museum
Welcome to the Arms of Australia Inn Museum in the Penrith Valley at Emu Plains, NSW, Australia. The inn is administered by the Nepean District Historical Society (NDHS), and is situated at the gateway to the Blue Mountains National Park.
The inn was once a staging post for travellers making the trip from Sydney over the Blue Mountains to Bathurst and the goldfields. Built it two sections, the first in 1826, it is one of the oldest buildings in Penrith, if not the oldest.
Due to its colourful history, the inn provides an interesting venue for local activities, tour groups, special events, school tours and exhibitions. The museum contains artefacts that were either used or manufactured in the local area and thousands of photos.
The Nepean District Historical Society meets at the Inn on the 4th Saturday of each month at 1pm and includes a guest speaker. Visitors are welcome.
The NSW Corps of Marines also call the Arms of Australia Inn Museum home, their members recreate the lives and times of the First Fleet Marines, sailors, convicts, gentlemen of quality and their ladies.