Jenolan Caves

1 July, 1898 – Leading the Way into a New Era of Tourism

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on July 2, 2021
What part did a maker of cordial play in launching a new era of prosperity in the Blue Mountains and the Central West, in 1898?

Jenolan Caves Dreamtime Creation

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on July 5, 2021
NAIDOC Week, from July 4 to 11, reminds us of Jenolan’s special connection with indigenous culture.

No Ordinary Boy

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on July 6, 2021
Seventy-two years ago, in July 1949, a 10-year-old boy came to visit Jenolan Caves with his parents, his sister and some family friends. They explored the Elder Cave and the Lucas Cave and they stayed the night in Caves House. Jenolan was extremely popular with families and the boy was a boarder at The Scots School in nearby Bathurst. But this was no ordinary boy.

First Cave in the World to have Electric Lighting

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on July 9, 2021
The matter of who first invented the electric light bulb is contentious. Was it Joseph Swan in England or was it Thomas Edison in America? Well, however it happened, both men obtained their patents in 1879. The very next year, in 1880, on the other side of the world, in the middle of nowhere, at the isolated Jenolan Caves, a lightbulb was switched on.

Lord and Lady Tennyson Visit - 1900

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on July 12, 2021
On July 25, 1900, the Governor of South Australia, 2nd Baron Tennyson, visited Jenolan Caves, with his wife Audrey, Lady Tennyson. It was a whirlwind visit, but it was such VIP visits that helped Jenolan become so popular, way back then.

The Orient Cave – Nature’s Bridal Dress

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on July 16, 2021

August 1938 - In the Shadow of Evil

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on July 29, 2021
83 years ago, following record snows of early August 1938, and on the brink of WW2, Jenolan Caves had more than its usual share of Viceregal visits. Was it merely coincidental?

A Home Among the Gum Trees, for National Tree Day

Posted by Carolyn Melbourne on July 30, 2021
August 1 is National Tree Day, Australia's largest tree-planting and nature care event. Trees are vital for cleaning the air, preventing soil erosion, improving water quality, creating habitats and improving our mental and physical health. This is the story of 2 men, with links to Jenolan, for whom Australia’s most predominant tree, the eucalypt, was so extraordinary that they devoted their careers to studying its many different species.
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