Bills Horse Troughs

Bills trough at Medlow Bath Horse Troughs in the Blue Mountains are located at: Railway Pde, Medlow Bath – at the Somerset St intersection Glen Rd, Woodford Falls Rd, Wentworth Falls – near the Fletcher St intersection Glenbrook – near the theatre Blackheath – near the Govett’s Ride statue in the park on the highway – not a Bills trough Ardill park, Warrimoo Douglass Square, Lawson – now lost. There are also carved, stone troughs on Berghofer Pass and near the former Katoomba Baths at Leura Cascades. Their story The story begins in 1859 when George Bills was born in … Continue reading Bills Horse Troughs

The Sidneys of Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains

The Sidneys of Megalong Isaac Walter Sidney was born in Bristol, England (circa 1857) and emigrated to the U.S.A. There he took up building as a trade although he described himself as a “skilled labourer” on his marriage certificate. He became an American citizen but later moved to Australia and Megalong where he purchased land neighbouring Donald Boyd’s “Yaralta” (Parish Kanimbla Portion 25). On Australia Day 1903, Isaac married Eliza Ann Campbell, described as a domestic servant from Hartley, at the home of Edgar Chapman, with the Reverend Pratt, Congregational Minister, officiating. Eliza had been previously married to a man … Continue reading The Sidneys of Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains

Harry Peckman – the poetical whip (1846-1934)

HARRY PECKMAN, THE BLUE MOUNTAINS POET (1846-1934) Harry Peckman was a true ‘Blue Mountaineer’. Born at Kurrajong in 1846, he lived the whole of his life in the Blue Mountains region and died in Katoomba in 1934. As a young man, in the days before the western railway line was built, he drove wagons and coaches on the road between Penrith and Hartley. Then, when the Mountains developed its reputation as a tourist destination, he began taking visitors to the local scenic attractions. In the early 1880s he and his brother, John, established livery stables in Parke Street, Katoomba, at … Continue reading Harry Peckman – the poetical whip (1846-1934)