Berrima's a great spot, it's got a lot of local history, a lot of old history. I've been coming here since I was a kid it's just a great area I remember coming down and looking at all the old shops with my parents and so forth.
I think the uniqueness really is about the buildings. Many of the retail shops that are in this stretch of road here are a part of the original 1830 buildings, the Crown Inn, the surveyor general down the bottom of town and most of the retail outlets are in buildings that are 1830s and onwards so it is unique in that... and it's still allegedly we think the oldest colonial village still in Australia intact so that's what makes it unique.
The courthouse was a judicial enterprise for about a hundred years and then in late 1901 it stopped being used for judicial purposes. And then the courthouse became a dance hall and a school of arts and all other things like that. Today it's obviously a working museum and an information centre.
The jail was completed one year after the courthouse. It was a maximum security prison and basically when you went there in the 1830s it was the end of the line for many men.
It was a maximum security prison and basically when you went there in the 1830s it was the end of the line for many men.
There's galleries that are in historic buildings. Restaurants, also in historic buildings that make the town a great place for tourists to come.
I live in this cottage that was built in the 1850s. It's got shingles under the iron and handmade nails and it's just the cosiest, dearest little cottage you could live in.
Berrima's a great place to live in. It has a village atmosphere for the residents.
This is our local. We have a lot of fun down here with raffles. We sponsor the local fire brigade and keep everything up to scratch and all look out for one another and have a bit of a laugh here and there. Yeah.
We sponsor the local fire brigade and keep everything up to scratch and all look out for one another and have a bit of a laugh here and there. Yeah.
In Berrima it works because we're conscious of preserving what we really had, cos this is what makes people come to visit us. We don't have to manufacture this thing it's already here.