Black Diamond Museum Bulli – How it all began in 1989

The Bulli Black Diamond Museum & Heritage Centre was opened at Bulli Railway Station’s eastern or ‘down’ platform in 1989, after the NSW State Rail Authority announced it would demolish the historic timber building.

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Although the 1887 the weatherboard waiting room and station master’s office, as well as a later signal box addition in the 1920s, were heritage listed, the Rail Authority said the building was a danger and was riddled with white ants.
 
 An immediate community backlash, protests and lobbying of local politicians led to the formation of the Black Diamond District Heritage Centre and a peppercorn lease agreement with the Rail Authority to restore and utilise the building as a museum.
 
 The restoration project, led by Ray Brown and Mick Roberts, took over six months to complete, culminating in the officially opening of the centre in 1991 with a Victorian Ball held in a giant marquee set-up in the grounds of the railway station.
 
Today the heritage centre is operated by a band of dedicated volunteers, who open the museum to the public on the first, second, third and fourth Sundays of the month.
 
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About Kerrie Anne Christian

Interests - Travel, Photography, Developing Websites, Social Media, Writing, Local History, Researcher, Genealogy
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