Tours & Lectures


Having conducted numerous bus and walking tours of Mudgee’s heritage precincts in recent years, I am now available for personally-conducted tours for visiting groups to Mudgee. A tour by a knowledgeable local can give visitors a unique insight into the history and workings of an historic town such as Mudgee. I can also facilitate tours of Mudgee’s fascinating Colonial Inn Museum, a veritable treasure chest of Australiana.

I can conduct a walking tour or bus tour for groups (using your own bus with microphone facilities) to fit a group's time frame and interests.

  • 1 hour bus/walking tour: $50.00
  • 2 hour bus/walking tour: $100.00

I can also be available for lectures, including Powerpoint presentations, on Mudgee-related topics for visiting groups or corporate events.



John Broadley is a retired teacher, a heritage consultant, historian and author. He studied and taught foreign languages (French, German and Japanese) from 1971 until 1999, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1978 and writing a post-graduate thesis on French novelist Marcel Proust for a Bachelor of Letters in 1980, both from the University of New England. In 2003 he graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Master of Arts (Cultural Heritage) with Distinction.

Since the mid 1990s he has undertaken extensive historical research on the colonial architecture of C19th New South Wales, and written regular historical articles for the Mudgee Guardian. He has frequently worked in conjunction with heritage architects on conservation management programs for numerous significant heritage properties in New South Wales. In 2012 he published the acclaimed Historic Houses of Mudgee, and will soon publish Mudgee Memorial Park. Stories in Stone, a history of the early cemeteries in Mudgee and biographies of the names on surviving headstones.  

He is a member of the Mudgee Historical Society Inc, the Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine Historical Society Inc, the Horbury Hunt Club, The Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW Inc, The Australian Garden History Society and the National Trust of Australia (NSW), receiving a service medal from the latter in 2003.

He has been a foundation committee member of ADFAS Mudgee since 2001 and has served as Secretary, Membership Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman. He has been actively involved in church recording and also has an interest in the ADFAS Mechanics Institute/School of Arts project.

In recent years he has lectured to ADFAS societies and at history and architectural society conferences and meetings in New South Wales

A devoted Francophile, he is passionate about French culture, and especially in the relationships between France and Australia. 

John lives in Mudgee in the Central West of New South Wales and is available to travel throughout Australia and for mini tours.