William Cox Historical FestivalAt the Arms of Australia Inn Museum
Come and celebrate the Bicentenary of the building of William Cox’s Road across the Blue Mountains at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum on Sunday 20th July from 9am.
To mark the bicentenary, the Nepean District Historical Society with the support of Penrith City Council will re-enact the start of Cox’s journey from Regatta Park, Emu Pains at 10.30 am to the Arms of Australia Inn Museum for the William Cox Festival and formalities.
Cox's descendants from as far away as Stradbroke Island, Brisbane, Scone, Mudgee and the mid North Coast will be taking part in the re-enactmen.
This year Roger Corbett and Clare O’Meara from The Bushwackers, Australia’s best-known bush band, will join Tall Timbre Country and Western Band to delight music lovers. The NSW Corps of Marines with have displays, drills, and re-enactments from the life and times of the early colony. Members of the 1st Windsor Light Horse Regiment will help keep order.
There will be plenty of food, stalls, entertainment, music from the Penrith City Show Band, and songs and poetry readings from the Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School students.
Children can enjoy old fashioned games, write on slates in the old school room, ride a pony, pet animals in the animal farm, jump to their heart's desire in the jumping castle try trampoline bungee jumping and join in the ever popular, tug of war and lots more.
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. 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. 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.