Balgownie Public School

Living and Learning

Telephone02 4284 4245

Emailbalgownie-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Museum

Balgownie Heritage School Museum 

Information about our museum

 Opened  in 1989, the Balgownie Primary School Museum aims to preserve the history of  Balgownie through the conservation of artifacts, documents, and photographs of the social and working lives of the community of Balgownie.

School photographic records, stories, letters and work samples of the pupils dating back to 1890.

As the coal mining industry and the history of Balgownie Village were closely linked, the museum proudly display  a model of a work area at the coalface as it would have been in 1860. Accompanied by a photographic display of the Mt Pleasant  Coal Mine and equipment used. Included is a cabinet of safety lamps and how they have been improved . One prize lamp is one that belonged to a Mt Pleasant Mine Manage Mr Thomas Cook who used the lamp to help in the rescue at Mt Kembla in 1902

Exhibits include an impressive display of badges, medals and postcards from world War 1, all collected and displayed by Mr  Harriman. The pictorial display of the village and notable families gives a glimpse of what Balgownie was like in the early years 1860's through to 1900's.

The museum is managed and maintained by volunteers opened once a month or appointment for group bookings.

New times - 2nd Sunday of each month 11am-4pm