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Welcome to Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum

Welcome to the Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum, set on the banks of the picturesque Wollondilly River at Marsden Weir, Goulburn, New South Wales. Built between 1883 and 1885, the steam operated pumping facility provided Goulburn’s first reticulated water supply. The pumphouse still contains the original Appleby Bros. Beam Engine pump and Galloway Boilers. 


This rare  facility is the only complete, operational steam powered municipal water supply left in its original location, in the Southern Hemisphere. The buildings and engine are of national significance and are now protected by a permanent conservation order. The Waterworks is listed on the State Heritage and National Trust Registers.


We also are fortunate to also have a horizontal engine built by Hick, Hargreaves & Co, England in 1866.  While not original to the site it is demonstrates an earlier type and different style of a stationary steam engine.


These beautiful pieces of machinery can be viewed in operation


 throughout the year from 10am – 3pm.


Dates are listed on the left-hand side of this website.


Entry to the Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum and grounds is available every Sunday from 10am – 4pm, Monday and Tuesday from 10am – 2pm, most school and public holidays 10am-4pm. Group tours can be arranged by appointment.  The grounds may be open on other days weather permitting.


Enjoy a picnic beside the picturesque Wollondilly River or wander through the Pumphouse Museum to enjoy a static display of the massive steam operated engines.  The kids will be entertained with the children's playground and colouring in and puzzle sheets.  There's a free electric BBQ too!


Goulburn Mulwaree Council acknowledges the financial support of the Australian Government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, under its National Historic Sites program, which enabled the successful restoration of this boiler and also installation of drainage to protect the building. This funding allowed the steaming of the engines to recommence on the 18 March 2012 and will also ensure that the building is protected for future generations.


The National Historic Sites program’s goal is to provide ongoing funding to help protect and conserve Australia’s nationally significant historic sites.

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PLEASE NOTE THE ENGINES WILL NOT BE STEAMING THIS WEEKEND DUE TO MECHANICAL PROBLEMSAPOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED

 


HOWEVER WE WILL BE OPEN YOU CAN STILL ENJOY MODEL STEAM ENGINES, CLASSIC CARS, PUMPHOUSE CAFE, BBQ, PICNIC AND CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA.  TO WELCOME THOMAS, OUR BELOVED CHILDREN'S TRAIN, BACK WE HAVE FREE BALLOONS, FACE PAINTING AND CRAFT ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS. BE THERE!


Private "steamings" can be arranged (subject to staff availability) at a cost of $475.00.  For a group of 50 people that works out at $9.50 per person.  Catering can also be arranged for your group.  Prices start at $8.00 per person. 


EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST


STEAMPUNK EVENT SUNDAY 7 DECEMBER 2014


AT THE GOULBURN HISTORIC WATERWORKS MUSEUM


Parties interested in becoming involved in a Steampunk event at the Waterworks are invited to contact Julie Salway on 4823 4448 or email museums@goulburn.nsw.gov.au with a brief proposal.


It is foreseen that the event may include activities such as:


Fashion, art, vintage adornments, gadgetry, music, imagery, transport, culinary and entertainment.


Both event participant and organisers are needed.


 


9 December 2013


2014 sees a change to our usual "steaming" schedule of once a month.


Until further notice we will now be "steaming" six times a year – dates are listed in the left hand column of this website.


 




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