Local history groups

Local history groups

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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.

Main image: Pyrmont Bridge, Darling Harbour photographed about 1900. (SRC1820 028\028238)

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.

67 Renwick Street
Redfern NSW 2012
02 9699 459502 9699 1714arhsnsw.com.au

Railway Resource Centre
02 9699 2736

Tour Infoline: 02 8394 9019

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

Bev Brooks
0448 891 981

Public Relations
Clancy Walker
02 9557 8774

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.

PO Box 100
Glebe NSW 2037

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.

PO Box R1737
Royal Exchange NSW 1225
0418 811 522historycouncilnsw.org.au

Military History Society of NSW

Membership is open to anyone interested in military history and all facets of military collecting and modelling. The society meets on the first Saturday of the month at 10am in the city and gives free public lectures on various military history topics.

City of Sydney RSL
565 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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.

Observatory Hill
Sydney NSW 2001
GPO Box 518
Sydney NSW 2001
02 9258 012302 9251 1110nationaltrust.org.au/nsw

Naval Historical Society of Australia

The society runs tours of installations such as Garden Island and has an extensive collection of naval service records.

The Secretary
The Boatshed
Building 25
Garden Island NSW 2011
02 9359 2372 or 02 9359 2243 (Tuesdays and Thursdays only)02 9359 2383navyhistory.org.au

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

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 communities in the Sydney region.

PO Box 242
Glebe NSW 2034

The Pyrmont History Group

The Pyrmont History Group has been meeting formally and working together since 2011. It has 20 financial members and attracts 50 to 80 people to public functions.

The group meets on the third Friday of each month to discuss its work, hosts a public history talk on the third Sunday of each month and has built and is adding to a multimedia electronic archive.

Donald Denoon

Cam Seccombe

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.

History House
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9247 800102 9247 7854rahs.org.au

Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW

Members interested in military history receive a quarterly journal and use of a unique research library, located in the south wing of the Anzac Memorial. Monthly lectures are usually presented on the last Tuesday of the month at the Anzac Memorial Auditorium. Other benefits include guided visits to defence bases and warships, and social dinners held in historic settings.

Liverpool Street
Anzac Memorial
Hyde Park south
Sydney NSW 2000
PO Box A778
Sydney South NSW

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.

Richmond Villa
120 Kent Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9247 3953 – but check their research pages on the website first!sag.org.au

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

Ann Barron
02 9351 8304

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 and Library
Wharf 7, Pyrmont NSW 2009
02 9298 3888

Restoration Site,
4 James Craig Road,
Rozelle NSW 2039
02 9818 5388 shf.org.au

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
02 9878 251102 9878 2521


Last updated: Monday, 9 March 2020