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Randwick & District Historical Society Inc.


Founded in 1957 by Nell Pillars


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Randwick and District Historical Society Inc. has unique collections of historical material relating to the City of Randwick built up over 60 years by dedicated volunteers.

Vistors are welcome to our premises, which include research and map rooms and Museum, during opening hours. Items from the Society's Museum are on display and conducted tours can be arranged. Volunteers are on hand to assist.

Opening Hours:
Tuesdays: 1.30pm to 4.00pm
Thursdays: 10.30am to 4.00pm
Saturdays: 10.30am to 4.00pm
Level 2, Bowen Library Building, 669 Anzac Parade, Maroubra NSW 2035 (Lift access only to Level 2)

New Coast Hospital Trained Nurses who served in World War I

Research Fees:
Research can be undertaken at $A20 per hour plus cost of certificates, photocopies and return airmail postage. Please send your research request and initial payment of $A20.00 plus SAE. Please include return mail address. Fees also apply for copying. Full details appear on the About Us page.

Saturday History Talks:
On the third Saturday afternoon of each month in February and from April to November at 2pm, a guest speaker gives a talk on an interesting historical subject. Everyone is welcome. A gold coin donation for afternoon tea. Phone: (02) 9314 4888 for bookings.

The talks are usually held in the Vonnie Young Auditorium on Level One of the Bowen Library Building, 669 Anzac Pde Maroubra NSW 2035. (Signs on the day will direct you to the correct level if the venue is changed). Lift access is available.

Speakers Programme for 2015

  • 21st February: Paul Irish Aboriginal People and Settlements of South Eastern Sydney in Nineteenth Century
  • 18th April: Craig Wilcox The Battle of Waterloo: Australian military history before Gallipoli
  • 16th May: Mark Scott Marorubra Bra Story
  • 20th June: Gail Davis (State Records NSW) Researching NSW colonial volunteer forces and militia using the NSW State archives
  • 18th July: Libby Hathorn Eventual Poppy
  • 15th August: (Family History Month) Local Family History celebrity speaker Matt Thistlethwaite MP
  • 12th September: (History Week) Cate Storey (USYD) USYD alumni who served in World War I
  • 17th October: Michael Adams Lawrence Hargrave
  • 21st November: Annette Butterfield Sophie Steffanoni

    Collage of Macquarie Watchtower, Coogee the Glorius poster & Captain Cook Statue

    Macquarie Watchtower, La Perouse; Coogee the Glorius Poster; and Captain Cook Statue, Randwick

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