Joanne Guivarra, a descendant of explorer William Lawson, visits the museum to view the William Lawson exhibit, 2013 Photo Jill Finch
President, Brian French and Vice President, Carol Coburn unveiling the Millstone exhibit, 2008 Photo Jill Finch
Prospect Reservoir exhibit
A visitor viewing the Prospect Reservoir display board, National Trust Heritage Festival, 2008 Photo Jill Finch
Pastoral to Pleasure
Pastoral to Pleasure exhibit, National Trust Heritage Festival, 2012 Photo Jill Finch
Outside Prospect History Cottage
Prospect History Cottage
Secretary waving goodbye to visitors
We are very proud that Prospect’s European history starts from as early as 26 April, 1788.
Located in the grounds of Prospect Reservoir, on William Lawson Drive, our museum is housed in one of the c1895 cottages that were built for the Reservoir workers.
The Prospect History Cottage contains photographic displays and information on the history of old Prospect including William Lawson and his farm Veteran Hall, his son Nelson Lawson and his mansion Greystanes, the building of the Reservoir, which was completed in 1888, St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church (1841) and cemetery, St Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church (1856), the quarry, from which metal was used for local roads as early as 1820, the public school and Inns as well as the first European settlers and those that followed.
After you have looked at our exhibits you may like to have a picnic in the Reservoir’s extensive picnic grounds or visit the nearby historic Royal Cricketer’s Arms Inn for a cool drink or a meal.
Prospect Reservoir is located in the Blacktown City Council Local Government Area and is only a few minutes drive away from the Great Western Highway or the M4 Motorway.