The Hartley Valley is a treasure house of European and Aboriginal heritage assets. In addition it represents the first place west of Sydney where you feel you have reached ‘the Bush’, real country in which one can achieve a feeling of rural solitude.
Following is a table of heritage properties that mark the valley as a treasure house. Most are private dwellings though some are open to the public. The Progress Association is keen to promote this portfolio as a remarkable series of properties and places that add up to make the Hartley Valley a remarkable place. We would be interested to hear the views of residents to the concept of making the broader community aware of the significance of the Hartley Valley as a place of powerful heritage significance. Have we missed some? Are their dates of origin right? Do you have information that might enhance appreciation of particular places or like to suggest that places be excluded from consideration. Any comments or corrections please advise the Secretary, Hartley District Progress Association 1813 Sub Committee, PO Box 123 Lithgow, NSW 2790.
Collitts Axe Sharpening Grooves pre 1788
Coxs road 1814
Glenroy Gov Macquarie Camp 1815
Glenroy stockade 1816
Moyne farm 1820
Moyne Farm cemetery 18??
Lawsons Long Alley road 1823
Collitts Inn 1823
Bells Line siding road 1826/1880
Lockyers pass road 1828
Billesdene Grange 1831
Eliza Rodd’s grave 1831
Victoria Pass viaduct 1832
Harp of Erin 1832
Hassans Walls Stockade 1832
Victoria Pass Stockade site 1832
Hartley Court House 1837
Old Trahlee 1840
Farmers Inn 1840s
Collitts cemetery 1841
Shamrock Inn 1841?56
St Bernards Catholic 1842
St Bernards presbytery 1842
Hartley Catholic cemetery 184?
Blackmans cemetery 184?
Hassans walls cemetery 184?
Royal Hotel 1849
Ivy Cottage 1850s
St Johns Anglican church 1859
Meades Farm 1860
Crazy Cottage c1872
Hartley Vale works 1876
Hartley Vale school house 187?
Comet Inn 1879
Williams Store (Hof E extn) 1879?
Hartley Vale incline railway 1880?
Hyde Park 1881
Hartley School House 1881
Bonnie Blink 1885/6
Berghoffers pass 1912
Because of this rich historical and archaeological legacy several residents of the valley have done a great deal of research into keeping these links to the past, as has the RTA (now RMS) – both from an Aboriginal and a European aspect. There is a move by these residents to have the valley classified as an area of significant heritage.
To find out more about what Heritage Listing is all about click here. It will tell you the facts, debunk the myths and show you where to find more relevant information.
Documentation assisting this claim is to be found at Hartley Valley NHL Nomination 2012
Your considered views on this document and its proposals are welcome.
For more information on the history of the Hartley Village with some amazing photographs to complement the text, this is a very comprehensive document on the Cultural Landscape of Hartley Village produced as part of a Conservation Management Plan for the Hartley Historic Site by OTTO CSERHALMI & PARTNERS P/L published in 2002 and sourced from the Internet.
It is viewable in several parts: Part one outlines the methodology of the document before getting into the more historically relevant, Aboriginal Associations, Crossing of the Blue Mountains, Settlement of the Vale of Clwydd, and the development of the Town of Hartley.
Part two documents the building of the Hartley Courthouse, the Hartley Churches, the Governor’s Visit, and Nairn’s Hotels
Part three completes the description of the Hotels of Hartley, then goes to The Gold Rush Years, Staging Posts: Great Western Road, Hartley Schools, and Holterman’s Views of Harltey on his way to the Gold Fields.
Part 4 completes the last section of part 3, then goes on to document The Great Western Railway, though has many photos of the Hartley village from the early 20th Century
Part 5 details The Road to Jenolan Caves, the Cooee March, the Depression, Vanishing Colonial Heritage, Re-Opening the Courthouse, Acquisitions by the Blaxland Shire Council, NPWS Care & Management and References.