There is a special surprise at Nepean District Historical Society’s annual historical festival and open day on July 16 – an Albertosaurus.
The tyrannosaurus therapod dinosaur walked the Earth approximately 76 million years ago during the Mesozoic Period, and was first discovered in what is now Alberta, Canada in 1884 by J.B. Tyrrell, and named in 1905 by Henry Fairfield Osborn.
Its name means “lizard of Alberta”, and the specimen on display at the open day event belongs to Henk van Leeuwen.
Held at the historic Arms of Australia Inn Museum at Emu Plains, this year’s open day will also celebrate one of the most important achievements in Penrith’s early colonial history - the opening of Victoria Bridge and the start of the railway line from Penrith to Wentworth Falls in 1867.
There will also be railway equipment displays, and an exhibition in the inn showing the history of the building of the bridge and the railway line, which went to Bathurst and the west.
The NSW Corps of 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, there will be activities for young and old alike, including the animal farm, pony rides, the old-fashioned school room where you can write on slates, plus plenty of stalls and food.
The event runs from from 9am to 3pm. Admission is free.