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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 May 2nd 2016
Catch up on some history at the Prospect History Cottage
Are you a history buff who likes to explore places in Sydney and its surrounds? If you are, you should take the opportunity to visit the Prospect History Cottage museum, which is located in the 1st worker's cottage on the right after passing through the main gates of the grounds of Prospect Reservoir.

Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.

The museum contains displays and information on the history of old Prospect ,including William Lawson and his farm Veteran Hall, his son Nelson Lawson and his mansion Greystanes, the Reservoir, Churches, quarry, school and Inns, as well as the first European settlers and those that followed.

They are open every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 11am to 3pm. This historical building holds an extensive archival material in the library, that is used for historical research.

There is so much history within these walls. Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.

The Prospect Heritage Trust operates a museum and has a new exhibition called the Remount Depot No. 4: Prospect's Connection to WW1 for the Heritage Festival, which is running from Tuesday 17 May and Sunday 22 May.

This exhibition, using official records, maps, photographs and newspaper reports tells the story of Remount Depot No. 4. The Commonwealth of Australia leased land from The Board of Water Supply and Sewerage at Prospect for this training facility.

This land had once been William Lawson's farm and his home, Veteran Hall, was also used by the Army. At times the camp housed up to 500 men. Horses were broken in, trained and spelled at the Prospect Depot. The exhibition will also feature some of the WW1 soldiers who came from the Prospect area.

Entry to the exhibition is by a gold coin donation.

The Prospect Reservoir was a popular picnic destination for Sydney-siders in the 1960s. Facilities provided included picnic tables, barbecues with wood supplied and water from hot water urns. Nowadays you can still take the family and friends and enjoy the open spaces of the lower picnic area.

Prospect Reservior has re-opened. Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust & the Sydney Catchment Authority.

While you are there, why don't you make a day of it and visit the Prospect Reservoir lower picnic grounds which has just recently reopened 7 days a week.

Image courtesy of the Prospect Heritage Trust.

For more information on what the Prospect Heritage Trust and its members, you can either go to their website or keep up to-date by liking their Facebook page.

Maybe when you next visit the Prospect History Cottage, you will learn that you may have some history yourself in the Prospect area.
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Why? An exhibition not to be missed from the Tuesday 17 May and Sunday 22 May.
When: 11am to 3pm
Phone: (02) 9621 8225
Where: Prospect Reservoir grounds on William Lawson Drive
Cost: Gold coin donation.
Your Comment
This exhibition is now temporarily closed whilst the Museum undergoes renovations. Keep an eye on our Website and Facebook page for news of the Museum re-opening. Thank you to everyone who visited our exhibition this past week, it was good to have so many visitors.
Jill Finch, President. Prospect Heritage Trust
by jhfinch (score: 0|8) 1183 days ago
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