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The Prospect History Cottage

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published July 4th 2019
So much to see in a small cottage
The Prospect History Cottage, which is operated by The Prospect Heritage Trust, is once again operating after the museum had to close due to renovations by Sydney Water.

Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.


Open on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, between the hours of 11am to 3pm. The entry fee is a gold coin donation. The museum is located in the grounds of Prospect Reservoir, on William Lawson Drive at Prospect.

The Prospect History Cottage. Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust


The Prospect Heritage Trust is a volunteer, non-profit historical society, who are very proud that the Prospect History Cottage, which houses their museum, is in one of the c1895 cottages built for the Reservoir workers.

Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.


Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.


Prospect's European history starts from as early as 26 April 1788 and Prospect History Cottage contains photographic displays and information on the history of old Prospect, including William Lawson and his farm, Veteran Hall.

Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.


There are also displays of Nelson Lawson and his mansion Greystanes, the building of the Reservoir, St Bartholomew's Anglican Church (1841) and cemetery, St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church (1856), the quarry, the public school and Inns as well as the first European settlers and those that followed. They also have a new exhibition that tells the story of Prospect's connection to World War One that is worth looking at.

While there, you could also spend some time in the reservoir grounds. It's a lovely spot to enjoy a BBQ picnic with family and friends. There are areas to play and walking and cycle tracks throughout.

Take a walk around the reservoir. Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.


After you have looked at their exhibits, you may like to visit a number of other places nearby and make a day of it. If having a picnic is not your thing, you could try one of the following places for a cool drink and a meal:

The Atura Hotel, on Cricketers Arms Rd, Prospect.

The Atura Hotel. Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.


The Royal Cricketers Arms Inn, Cnr Reservoir Rd and Cricketers Arms Rd, Prospect.

Cricketers Arms Inn. Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust .


The Chifley Hotel, Cnr Brabham Drive and Peter Brock Drive, Eastern Creek, (opposite entrance to Eastern Creek Raceway).

The Chifley Hotel. Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.


The Fox Hills Golf Club, Fox Hills Cres, Prospect.

The Fox Hill Golf Club. Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.


As stated earlier, the museum is open twice a month or if you have a large group like Probus, Seniors, schools or any other group that may be interested, you will need to make a booking by appointment.

You will need to contact the secretary via email: secretary@prospectheritagetrust.org.au to book your tour.
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Why? A great place to visit.
When: Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 11am to 3pm.
Phone: secretary@prospectheritagetrust.org.au
Where: Prospect Reservoir, on William Lawson Drive at Prospect.
Cost: Gold coin donation
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It's always good to see history being preserved. I'm not sure people realise the huge contribution volunteers all over Australia make in this type of endeavour.
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