History time: Prospect Heritage Trust member (front left) Margaret Hall with Jill Finch and Joy Spurge (back) looking over old maps of Prospect. Picture: Carlos FurtadoTHE story of how the reservoir area of Prospect developed from a pastoral site into a popular recreational ground over 200 years will be told in a photographic exhibition this weekend, April 28 and 29.
A National Trust Heritage Festival event organised by Prospect Heritage Trust at Prospect History Cottage in the reservoir grounds, it is open to the public from 10.30am to 4pm.
The Amazing Stories: Pastoral to Pleasure shows how the Prospect reservoir grounds were first occupied by European settlers who included former convicts.
The site, with the pastoral holding of explorer William Lawson, was later acquired by the authority to build Prospect reservoir and a trout hatchery.
Prospect Heritage Trust secretary Jill Finch said the grounds were now Western Sydney’s most popular picnic ground and home to the Prospect History Cottage museum and Peckys Disability Service.
Ms Finch said the exhibition would include photos taken during the building of the reservoir in 1880s and artefacts that included Mr Lawson’s Bible and his deeds box and pieces of coloured glass panes from St Bartholomew’s Church.
“The cottage is one of three built for the reservoir workers,” she said. “In 1892 the Commissioner for Fisheries established a trout hatchery at Prospect reservoir, which supplied trout to all NSW streams until 1926.”
Mrs Finch is hoping that visitors to the exhibition will donate a gold coin — by which she means $2. Details: 9621 8225.