Happenings at the inn
Airing of the Quilts - April 9th and 10th.
The Caring Hearts Community Quilters are having their annual fundraising event on April 9-10th at The Arms of Australia Inn Museum, Great Western Highway, Emu Plains from 10am - 2pm. There will be lots of quilts, a trading table with handmade goods for sale, book stall, Devonshire teas, sausage sizzle, quilt raffle and live music.
These senior ladies who make up this group of dedicated patchworkers, have been stitching their special kind of magic into quilts now for almost 14 years with the knowledge that they are truly doing something they love to do, whilst bringing joy and comfort to those that receive them in hospitals and families that have fallen on hard times.
The play ‘Pioneers in Petticoats’ will be performed at the inn on Saturday 30 April at 2pm.
The play brings alive Mary Bryant, a First Fleet convict who excaped the colony in 1791; Fanny Macleay who emigrated in 1826, the eldest of six unmarried daughters of the Colonial Secretary; Eliza Hawkes, who at eleven and a half survived the crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1822; and lola Montez, a woman who refused to be confined by social rules. She performed her Spider Dance at the Ballarat goldfields in the 1850s and publically horse-whipped an editor who belittled her work.
Tickets $30.00 adult, $25 concession/child: www.blaxlandanddaughter.com
call 13 28 49 or http://www.trybooking.com/JYDO
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.