Saturday, 19 June 2010


Ok, now after the market on Saturday, we made a short trip to Berrima.
We have been here before, so I will have to dig out some of the old photos to share of the historical places as I did not take any this time around.

Berrima was initially earmarked as the hub of the southern region around the 1830's, but then the railway went through to Moss Vale abt 1860 and that was the end of Berrima.

Well not entirely, Berrima still has its goal, which is still in operation.

Actually, just as an aside, I have found records listing an ancestor of mine being here -
Honorah/Norah/Honor CONNOR/CONNORS/O'CONNOR nee COLLINS with 2 of her sons
No - they were not incarcerated (I think that is spelt right).  Berrima Goal was used as a overnight stop for those travelling between Sydney and further south.  The CONNORS & COLLINS family lived in the Monaro Region, which is south of Canberra.  Both families were from Ireland, but different counties.

Ok back to Berrima - well it has 2 sides to a street - ok not unusual, most streets have 2 sides, except that between the two sides is a lovely, very large park.  It would have been impressive if development had of progressed.

Berrima has quite a few little touristy shops - lollies, cafes, bakeries, nick-nacks, cafes, jams, ice-cream, cafes, christmas shop, cafes, clothing, alpaca shops and lots and lots of antique shops.  Actually the Southern Highlands is renown for the number and variety of antique shops - from junky bits and pieces that would be perfect in your home to internationally old, old pieces of beautiful, quality furniture.

Yes, I visited just about as many as I could squeeze in - hubby loves the timber pieces, so its not a chore or boring for him.  Just we tend to go in different directions and gets a bit frustrating wanting to show each other pieces we have found  ☺

No I did not buy anything, self-control all the way.  But next time ...... well he has been warned

One of my favourite shops has no furniture.  Sorry no photos, I was in a hurry to get inside and look.  Next time - promise. 

It looks just like a very old house from the front, the front room (which is an entire old home) is filled with all those little bits - there are drawers and boxes and drawers and boxes full of cutlery, kitchenware, tools - so much.  The next large sheddy-type room has nothing but linen - again, drawers, drawers, shelves, shelves and shelves - so much

And the next large sheddy-type room has books, books, books, books and oh yeah books

When you go outside and look sideways at the property, it looks like a HUGE farm shed attached to a house at front

Oh yeah - they also have the longest running hotel licence in Australia - The Surveyor General Inn.  There are lots of other older pubs in Australia, but not with a continuing running licence.  Did not stop in this time as we had just had yummy pies and coffee at Gumnut Bakery

We would love to take this on as a project


  1. You'd be braver than me to take that on!! LOL

    I love Berrima - perhaps a visit is in order (when the weather warms up).

    PS The post about my long weekend is finally done.

  2. Oh lovely Berrima; there once (maybe still is) a shop called Lorelle's. I love Berrima

  3. Such beautiful old buildings.

  4. I've never been there so thanks for taking me along. It looks nice and winter sunshine is sooooooooo nice isn't it?

  5. Yes I agree beautiful buildings. I do think they have a lot of character! Not like the ones these days.
    The one house looked like something out of a spooky film!
    Off to bed now,
    Love Suex

  6. This is a fantastic post Maria!!! It really makes me want to visit Berrima, thanks for sharing your private tour of a sweet old Australian town..

    Hugs - Jodie :)

  7. I really enjoyed looking around this town. I'm going to find out where it is on a map now
    Louise x

  8. How interesting Maria, thank you for sharing, it lovely to find out about other countries and Berrima sound delightful! I have to tell you how to make a Kir - you need white wine and a liqueur called creme de cassis. In a tall champagne flute pour one part cassis to five parts chilled white wine Ta Dah! one lovely aperitif drink. If you use Champagne instead of white wine, that is a Kir Royale. x

  9. Love the photos of the old buildings. Old Australia architecture is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.