Woodford Academy

Woodford Academy

Woodford Academy, the oldest building on the Blue Mountains, is one of the most intact and substantial examples of an early colonial inn (C1833-1867), known at first as "The Woodman" and later as "The Kings Arms". From 1868 it served as Alfred Fairfax's country home and operated as a guest house in the 1880's to 1906. In 1907 John McManamey opened Woodford Academy as a boy's boarding school. The school closed in 1936, the last of the McManamey family remaining in residence until1988. It is now a National Trust Property. The building reflects 160 years of varied and continuous use.

Address: 
Great Western Highway, Woodford, NSW
Hours: 
10-4pm every third Saturday of the month.
Admission: 
$2 Adults, $1 school-age children, Free to members of the National Trust.
Facilities: 
Guided tours, Self-guided tour brochure, Refreshments
Collection: 
500-5 000 items. Includes, furniture, clothing, books, photographs, school memorabilia and records, and family papers.
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Items

Dress

Wedding Gown

Description:
Late Victorian cream wedding gown with train.
Date:
1892

Book

Admission Register

Creator:
Mr John McMahamey
Description:
Admission register of students attending Woodford Academy.
Date:
1907-1936

Album

Postcard Album

Creator:
Gertrude McMahamey
Description:
Album of postcards and some photographs taken by Frederick Nelson of Bathurst.
Date:
1880-1920

Letter

Letter from Ethel Turner to John McMahamey

Creator:
Ethel Turner
Description:
Congratulating John McMahamey on a published poem.
Date:
1920's

Water Tank

Water Tank

Description:
Underground barrel vaulted stone tank.
Date:
1840's