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Lithgow Mercury January 2nd 1918



The beautiful Orient Cave at Jenolan was officially thrown open for public inspection by Miss Gwen Fuller, daughter of the Chief Secretary, on Friday afternoon last in the presence of a representative party which included Mr and Mrs Fuller, Mr Taylor (chairman of the Public Service Board) and Mrs Taylor, Mr E H Palmer, Mr Wiburd (chief guide) and Mr Trickett (of the Mines Department).

After an inspection of this beautiful limestone cavern, thick with sparkling Orient gems, it was declared open to the public by Miss Fuller who expressed the wish that it would be the means of inducing many thousands of lovers of nature's handiwork to visit this romantically situated tourist resort. To mark the occasion a magnificent curtain formation in the Egyptian chamber was named by Mr Palmer "The Gwen Fuller Shawl".

Recent attendances at the Caves House have eclipsed all previous records. On the occasion of the Chief Secretary's visit Mr Fuller found the accommodation at the commodious Caves House more than overtaxed. He expressed himself pleased with the system of administration which in accordance with a plan approved by the Government some time ago, has now been set up by the bureau for the better control and conduct of matters relating to the tourist traffic at Jenolan.

The beautifully situated grounds and remarkable cavern entrance thereto were electrically illuminated for the first time and this innovation adds yet another attraction to Jenolan.

Amongst those who spent their Christmas at Jenolan were Mr and Mrs J C Watson, Mr Albert Bruntnell, MLA, Pte Jackson V.C., and Sergt Fussell. On Monday there were some 200 guests in residence at Caves House, while more than twice that number visited Jenolan for the day.