Hartley, New South Wales
New South Wales
St Bernard's Presbytery
|Population||299 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||City of Lithgow|
Hartley is a historical village in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia, within the City of Lithgow local government area, located approximately 127 kilometres (79 mi) west of the Sydney central business district. Hartley is located below the western escarpment of the Blue Mountains.
It was once a major administrative centre on the Great Western Highway. It has since fallen into decline, replaced by other towns that are on the railway line. At the 2011 census, Hartley had a population of 299 people.
Hartley was formerly a judicial and administrative centre that had a busy courthouse. The courthouse was built in 1837 and was designed by prominent New South Wales Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis. The courthouse, which operated for over fifty years, dealt with a constant stream of robbers, thieves and convicts. Although Hartley fell into disuse, it survived as a perfectly preserved village that is a superb example of 19th century architecture. Because of its heritage value, it is now preserved as a historic site, administered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of New South Wales. Situated 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of , it is open to the public every day (except Christmas Day and Easter Sunday). The Hartley Historic Site, an area of 7.7 hectares (19 acres), is listed on the Register of the National Estate.
Hartley's sister villages, Little Hartley and Hartley Vale, still survive as residential villages with a heritage of their own. Little Hartley, situated 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south-east of Hartley, is the site of the historic home Rosedale. Hartley Vale, situated 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east of Hartley, is the site of the Comet Inn, Collits Inn and Hartley Vale cemetery. There is also a network of historic walking tracks between Hartley Vale and Mount York, administered by the Lands Department of New South Wales.
Court house (1837), designed by Mortimer Lewis
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Hartley (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
- Gregory's New South Wales State Road Map, Map 220, 11th Edition, published by Gregory's Publishing Company
- |NPWS, Hartley Historic Site, retrieved May 21, 2014
- Guide to New South Wales National Parks, NPWS, 2001
- The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/273
- Hartley Topographic Map 8930-4N Department of Lands, New South Wales
- Blue Mountains Tourist Map, Department of Lands, New South Wales
- Paton, Neil (2004). Sydney and Blue Mountains Bushwalks. Sydney: Kangaroo Press. pp. 236–238.
- Hartley Historic Site - NSW Parks & Wildlife Service
- Hartley Historic Village - history and visiting information
- National Parks and Wildlife Service of New South Wales