Sunday July 16 at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum, cnr Great Western Highway and Gardenia Avenue, Emu Plains

The Nepean District Historical Society will be holding their annual Historical Festival and Open Day at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum on July 16 at Emu Plains, NSW from 9am to 3pm. Admission is free.
This year’s Open Day will be centred on celebrating one of the most important achievements in our early colonial history, the opening for the Victoria Bridge and the start of the railway line from Penrith to Wentworth Falls in 1867.
There will be special displays of railway equipment, and a display in the inn telling the history of the building of the bridge and the railway line which went to Bathurst and the West.
The NSW Corp of Marines, who recreate the lives and times of the First Fleet Marines, will be at the festival and will be in charge of keeping law and order, helped by members of the 5th Light Horse Regiment from Windsor.
The marines will have displays, drills, and floggings of miscreants and re-enactments from the life and times of the early colony.
As in previous years, the festival will have activities for young and old – including the animal farm, pony rides, the old fashioned school room where they can write on slates, merry-go-round and jumping castle, plus plenty of stalls, displays, live music and food.
For more information call the inn on 4735 4394 on opening days or email

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