a: cnr. Gardenia Ave &
Great Western Highway Emu Plains
ph: (02) 47354394


Tench Luncheon - a doublecelebration  
Saturday June 20th at the Penrith Rowing Club 12 noon

The luncheon celebrates the day Watkin Tench discovered the Nepean River in 1789. 

Join Councillor Ross Fowler OAM, Mayor of Penrith, our guest speaker Margaret Fowler, and members of the Nepean District Historical Society for lunch at the Nepean Rowing Club, Bruce Neale Drive, Penrith, overlooking the river on Saturday June 20th at 12 noon to celebrate two very important dates in our early history.

Back in 1789, when the colony was only three years old, a very significant discovery of national importance was made by Captain Watkin Tench, who had arrived on the first fleet as an officer in the Royal Marines. At that time he was in charge of the settlement at Rose Hill, today’s Parramatta.  

His ‘desire of acquiring a further knowledge of the country’  led him to form a small party made up of himself, Surgeon Arndell, Mr Lowe, surgeon’s mate, Lieutenant William Dawes, a marine and a convict and head west towards the Carmarthen Hills (Blue Mountains). 

They stopped overnight at a small pond somewhere between today’s St Marys and Penrith and in the morning came across the river, which was as ‘nearly as broad as the Thames at Putney’. It was later to be named the Nepean after Sir Evan Nepean, Secretary of State.

With the discovery of the river and good farming land the settlers came and 26 years later the town of Penrith evolved around Emu Ford. 

This year we celebrate not only the discovery of the river, but Penrith’s 200th birthday. Penrith wasn’t a planned town, but grew because of the importance of the river crossing which opened up the west.  

Following the building of his road over the mountains, William Cox built a guard house and military depot near the ford on the eastern side which later became the first court house in the area.   Cox then went on to build the road back to Parramatta linking the two towns with Bathurst in the west.

It is thought that Penrith got its name from Penrith in England, as both were staging towns on an important ford crossing.

For more information and bookings phone the inn on (02) 4735 4394 during opening hours or email: 
After hours: 0407 247 806
RSVP: Before the 10 June 2015 
Cost: $30.00 per person. 

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. It is also a popular wedding venue. The museum contains thousands of photos and artefacts that were either used or manufactured in the local area.

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.



Come and Visit!

Opening Hours
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9am-2pm
1st & 3rd Sunday 1pm-4pm

We will open at other times by appointment for special
occasions. An additional surcharge of $2.00 per head
applies for all out of hours tours. 

Adult $5.00 per head
Concession $3.00
Children $3.00

Lantern Tours 
By appointment only and a minimum of five people.
Cost $15.00 per head.
Conctact Craig on 0417 271 328
or email: 

Visitor tour and hire bookings
Museum (02) 4735 4394 during opening hours.

After hours contact Carmel 0407 247 806 or email:

For all other after hours enquiries, call the secretary on 
(02) 4735 1734 or email: