Local history groups
Share a special interest
People interested in knowing more about Sydney's history should consider joining one of the historical associations active in the local area. Many associations have regular meetings, events and activities, and several societies have libraries and resources that are open to members and the general public.
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City of Sydney Historical Association
This history group meets on the second Saturday of the month for talks, tours and other events. Members receive a regular newsletter.
GPO Box 4776,
Sydney NSW 2001
Tel: 02 9518 8730
Tel: 02 9660 5320
South Sydney Heritage Society
Formed in 1993, the society is involved in the research, protection and education of our heritage in the southern inner city area. Meetings for members and guests are held on the third Sunday of each month at 1:30 pm. The society produces a quarterly newsletter and an annual journal for members.
PO Box 2011
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Tel: 02 9351 8304
The Glebe Society
The Glebe Society was formed in 1969 to fight inappropriate development and to protect the suburb's Victorian character. The society organises a number of social functions each year that give members and (particularly) newcomers to Glebe an opportunity to meet each other. The society produces a regular bulletin for members.
The Paddington Society
Established in 1964, the Paddington Society aims to promote and protect the unique character of Paddington through an appreciation of its history, heritage and the built environment. Regular events are organised for members and the general public.
PO Box 99,
Paddington NSW 2021
Royal Australian Historical Society
The state's premier historical society was formed in 1901. Its library collection specialises in New South Wales local history and historical society serial publications. There is also a substantial image collection. Its library is open to members for free and the general public for a small fee. Library catalogues are available online.
Society of Australian Genealogists
The Society of Australian Genealogists is Australia's largest and oldest family history society with the most comprehensive collection of family history resources in Sydney. Two libraries, which cater for Australian and overseas research, are staffed by experienced genealogists who can provide research advice and assistance. The society's libraries are open to the general public for a small fee. Members can access the libraries for free. Library catalogues are available online. An education program of talks, workshops and seminars is also offered.
120 Kent Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 02 9247 3953
Fax: 02 9241 4872
Email General Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Research Enquiries: email@example.com - but check their research pages on the website first!
Pride History Group
The Pride History Group is a not-for-profit community group that is passionate about collecting and preserving memorabilia and other information about lesbian, gay and transgender lives, politics and communites in the Sydney region.
Sydney Heritage Fleet
The Sydney Heritage Fleet restores, operates and maintains a fleet of vintage vessels, including the 1874 barque James Craig. The fleet maintains a comprehensive research library and archive that includes photographs, ships' plans, diaries, logs and journals.
Aministration & Library,
Wharf 7, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Tel: 02 9298 3888
4 James Craig Road, Rozelle NSW 2039
Tel: 02 9818 5388
Australian Railway Historical Society
The society encourages the study of Australian railways and compiles and collects records at its resource centre. The society holds regular meetings, talks and outings and publishes a journal and regular newsletters, as well as books and monographs.
Railway Resource Centre
Tel: 02 9699 2736
Tour Infoline: 02 8394 9019
Naval Historical Society of Australia
The society runs tours of installations such as Garden Island and has an extensive collection of naval service records.
Garden Island NSW 2011
Tel: 02 9359-2372 or 02 9359 2243 (Tuesdays & Thursdays only)
Fax: 02 9359-2383
Royal United Services Institute of NSW
Members interested in military history receive a quarterly journal and use of a research library at the institute's offices. Monthly lectures are presented at the nearby Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts. Other benefits include guided visits to defence bases and warships, and social dinners held in historic settings.
Level 20, 270 Pitt Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
Locked Bag 18,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW
The 20th Century Heritage Society of NSW was founded in 1995 with the aim of protecting and promoting 20th Century architectural and design heritage in the state. It has attracted an impressive group of heritage practitioners, historians and specialists - united in their commitment to the conservation of our state's dwindling stock of heritage items.
PO Box Q1072
QVB Post Office,
Sydney NSW 1230
National Trust of Australia
The trust lobbies for the preservation of our heritage and actively protects it through a number of properties and house museums across NSW. The trust library and archives is housed at the National Trust Centre. Members receive a Quarterly Magazine and free access to the organisation's properties.
Sydney NSW 2001
GPO Box 518
Sydney NSW 2001
Tel: 02 9258 0123
Fax: 02 9251 1110
History Council of NSW
The History Council of NSW is the peak body in this state for historical organisations and people interested and concerned about the past. The council coordinates History Week – held during the first week in September.
Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012