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.
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.