Welcome to the website of
The Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society
Where our stories live!
We are currently Closed, following NSW Government Covid Restrictions, but we are responding to email enquiries.
Please click on the centre of the image below to commence our latest
Great to see you again!
Our standard opening days and times are:
Tue/Wed/Thur: 10am - 3pm
Groups any day by appointment
$5 per head, children under 12 free.
Group arrangements - see menu bar above
Bunnings Community BBQ
Sunday 26th September 2021
Come along to Bunnings Batemans Bay on 26/09 to support the Museum's fundraising efforts. See you there and stay Covid-free!
We welcome into the fold members of the Batemans Bay Lapidary Club, who display and work from the rear of the Museum.
Lapidary Club Display Cab in Geology Room
Please Note: The CLYDE RIVER & BATEMANS BAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 01 Jul 2000. It is covered by Items 1 & 4 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
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The Historical Society acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and offers our respect to Elders, past, present and future.
The 'Roaring Days' Exhibition (please see below) has been extended beyond 20th July 2021. The Title is taken from a poem of the same name by Henry Lawson.
Celebrating Bridge Two!
Our Society was instrumental in providing the archival material used by the organisers as part of the joyful community celebrations for the first public ‘walk on’ the new bridge.
On 27th March, the Society had an informative display and provided assistance to Rotary. Congratulations to all the agencies, companies and many volunteers involved.
Many a south coast holiday is remembered by the queues required to cross the Clyde River at Nelligen or Batemans Bay. The first hand rowed ferry was established in 1871; the last ferry was a power-driven rope-operated unit with a deck capacity to hold twenty eight average sized vehicles. When the iconic Batemans Bay bridge opened on the 21st November, 1956, the ferry that year had made 50,149 trips and carried a total of 233,073 vehicles. Was one of them yours? We welcome any photos/stories to enhance our archives.
Some extracts from our Visitors Books:
24/02/21 - Hilary - "Excellent!! Great to see such a good indigenous section."
30/01/21 - Mark - "Best set up ever. Well done!!"
19/01/21 - Olivia Wright - "The Death Room and School Room - hands on stuff - dress up."
5/11/20 – D. & R. Reeves – "A comprehensive and extensive display. I is terrific!"
3/11/20 – Lilan & Elisha Rosevear – "Amazing displays - so much detail and care taken, very informative."
7/9/20 – Natalie – "Fantastic displays. Kids loved touching and feeling sea shells and stars. It is wonderful."
6/9/20 – Zaina – "The displays were interseting and detailed. Some were funny. It was really good."
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