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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. was founded in 1957 and aims to document the history of Randwick City including Randwick, Clovelly, Coogee, Kensington, Kingsford, Maroubra, Malabar, Matraville, La Perouse and nearby areas.

The Society's Management Committee includes: President, Christine Yeats; Hon. Secretary, Lesley Potter; Treasurer, Geoffrey Lewis; Vice-President, Hazel Brombey and members: Sue Tracey, Ellen Waugh, Yvonne Jones, Fiona Archinal & Vivienne Ward.

The Society has a modern centre on Level 2 of the Bowen Library at Maroubra which includes research facilities and material. It is staffed by volunteers who undertake research and administrative work and maintain its collections. The Society welcomes new volunteers to assist in its work.

The Society is funded mainly from the subscriptions and donations of its members and the sale of publications.

The Society is affiliated with the Royal Australian Historical Society and the History Council of NSW.

Fees & Charges:

  • Use of Research Facilities:
    • $5
    • Students, Concessions $2
    • Members Free
  • Photocopies: A4 - 20c, A3 - 40c
  • Reproduction of Photographs, Images and Objects: Medium Resolution digital images for personal reference use only: $10. Commercial use copies and high resolution digital images: on application.
  • Digital Copies of items, without a flash: 20c per page for printed items.
  • 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.
  • Mayor of Randwick, Councillor Noel D'Souza
  • Member for Kingsford-Smith, Matt Thistlethwaite, MHR
  • Member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull, MHR
  • Member for Coogee, Bruce Notley-Smith, MLA
  • Member for Maroubra, Hon. Michael Daley, MLA
ABN: 70 012 812 514 - Not registered for GST

Constitution of the Society: Download a copy here.

Our Collections : The Society's extensive collections are designed to document the history of Randwick City:

  • Museum Collection which includes objects which aid the documentation of the history of Randwick
  • Library which includes published works about Randwick City and its people as well as standard historical reference works.
  • Research Files include extensive material including photographs, ephemera, clippings, documents, realia, and reports relating to the history of Randwick City:
    • the Aboriginal People of Australia and the Indigenous People of the district
    • people of interest in Randwick in areas of Sport, Arts, Politics, Commerce, Religion and Community Organisations
    • topical subjects such as Architecture, Art, the Environment, Migrant Groups, Motor Sport, Swimming, Racing, Rugby, Shipwrecks, Quarries, Cemeteries, Crime & Mystery,Transport
    • Randwick's districts - Coogee, Randwick, Clovelly, Maroubra, La Perouse, Matraville, Malabar, Long Bay, Chifley, Kingsford, Kensington, The Spot
  • Maps from 1770 including aerial maps,land sale posters from 1883, and Water Board Maps from 1896
  • Art including paintings, drawings, craft pieces and other works of art that illustrate the history of Randwick
  • Photographs: The Society's various collections hold many thousands of photographs providing an exhaustive photographic record of Randwick City from dawn of photography in the 1850s through to the present day
  • Costume & Textiles: A particular strength of the Society's Museum collection is the range of costumes and textiles it holds. The costume collection is regularly used in displays and exhibitions to demonstrate changing fashions and social movements.

Donations: The Society welcomes donations of new material which helps to broaden the understanding of the history Randwick City and its people.

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