Cornish accepts invitation to be historical society patron

NEW PATRON: Cr Marcus Cornish (centre) with members of the Nepean District Historical Society.
NEW PATRON: Cr Marcus Cornish (centre) with members of the Nepean District Historical Society.

A visitor information centre to help promote Penrith’s history is on the agenda of the Nepean District Historical Society’s (NDHS) new patron, Cr Marcus Cornish.

Cr Cornish has accepted an invitation to be patron of the society for 2017, and nominated the area’s lack of an information centre and growing need to preserve and maintain its history as the focus of the coming year.

“I feel honoured to be a part of preserving the history of Penrith,” Cr Cornish told the Gazette. “With the launch of the new information app, council needs to step up and spend more money preserving our heritage for the future, our children and our grandchildren.

“Penrith lacks an information centre at the moment, and that should be firmly put on the agenda if we wish to be the adventure capital of the area.”

Cr Cornish will also push for sandstone blocks to be placed around nearby Mortimers Park, located at the back of the museum property, “to stop hoons doing donuts and tearing up the lawn”.

“The blocks would tie in nicely with the standstone building,” he said.

NDHS vice president Carmel Heywood said members were happy Cr Cornish accepted their invitation.

“We welcome Cr Cornish and we are thrilled he has accepted the invitation to be our patron,” she said.

The NDHS has stepped up its activities at the Arms of Australia Inn Museum at Emu Plains, recently offering free entry to seniors during seniors week. The Caring Hearts Community Quilters will hold the annual Airing of the Quilts fundraiser at the inn from 10am to 4pm on April 8, with handmade goods, Devonshire teas, a sausage sizzle, book stall and live music, in addition to the quilts on the day.

An open day boasting stalls and vintage car displays to celebrate the history of transport is planned for May 21, and the Tench Luncheon celebrating the day Watkin Tench discovered the Nepean River will be held at O’Donoghue’s featuring guest speaker Ian Jack on June 17.

The anniversary of the opening of Victoria Bridge and railway line from Penrith to Wentworth Falls will be marked with an open day and music, food and stalls on July 16. For more information visit www.armsofaustraliainn.org.au or email info@armsofaustraliainn.org.au.