Woodford : ‘Mrs Shiels’ – A Pioneer of the Blue Mountains Summer House

A talk by Blue Mountains historian Kate O'Neill on the successful 19th century business woman, Margaret Shiels.

Her guesthouses in Bathurst, Blackheath, Mittagong and Leura encouraged tourism in the Mountains. She maintained Woodford House through difficult times (prior to its role as Woodford Academy) as a viable enterprise for Alfred Fairfax, Sir Charles Manning and David Flannery, thus helping to ensure its survival.


90-92 Great Western Highway
(parking available in Vale Rd)
Woodford 2778 NSW


Our usual hours are: 10am-4pm every third Saturday of the month or by appointment for groups of 10 persons or more (Subject to availability).


Closed in December

(02) 4758 8743
Entry Fees:

Adults $6 Concession/Child (4-16 years) $4, Family (2 Adults, 2 children) $15, National Trust Members Free, Guided Tours (Subject to Availability) $2/person (4+years)

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