Welcome to the website of

The Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society


The Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society is an incorporated volunteer organisation, formed on 25 July 1977.  The Society, through the Museum, is the storehouse of our community's history. The Society is recognised as a key community cultural resource and visitor attraction through development, maintenance and promotion of the Old Courthouse Museum and its Collections.



The Society welcomes all levels of skill and life experience.  We offer a range of projects and activities including photography, administration, exhibition building, day to day maintenance, publications and fund-raising - not forgetting an interest in promoting local history!  We offer regular social activities, training opportunities, and a bi-monthly newsletter.  Prospective members are most welcome to attend a general meeting. Enquiries should be directed to the Historical Society's President or the Secretary.

And finally.....  If you have a Facebook account, please do not forget to click the Facebook Like button below.   If you do not have an account, you can still view our Facebook Page by simply clicking on 'Old Courthouse Museum, Batemans Bay'.  Enjoy your visit and we look forward to receiving your comments.

Some extracts from our Visitors Book:


12/7/2016 – Lucy Cox, Chelmsford, UK – “Wonderful Museum!”

8/6/2016 – Joan and Matt Hogan, Murray Bridge, SA – “Fantastic Collection”

1/3/2016 – Marg and Len Tople, Wheelus Hill, VIC – “Fabulous, well laid out”

3/2/2016 – T, Brady, Cairns, QLD – “Excellent presentations, so informative about local history" 

Museum to open doors and stage BBQ at this year’s Batemans Bay Fringe Festival.

Another date for your calendar – Saturday 24th. September 2016. 

The Museum will support the Festival by providing guided tours and a fundraising Sausage Sizzle, between 10.00am and 2.30pm.  The Community Centre will act as the Hub for the festival over the entire weekend.   Please contact Jude Matchett or Chris Ruszala for more details.

Aknowledgement: “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.”

Museum launches new fundraising drive for 2016-17 financial year

In order to cover funding for our planned maintenance and development costs for the current financial year, we are requesting your assistance to help us achieve a target of $10,000.  If you would like to make a donation to the Society, you can do this in two ways:


Click the PayPal 'Donate' button above and follow the instructions to make an   electronic deposit immediately to the Museum's donations account.  Note that amounts over $2 AU are tax deductible.


Please click the blue button below to obtain more information and a donations form, which explains alternative methods of making a donation.

Heritage High Tea at Museum

We extend an invitation to all current and former members of the Clyde River & Batemans Bay Historical Society to join us for High Tea. This is an informal opportunity to meet old friends, and remember your contribution in the Society’s growth as a key cultural resource for our community.  Since 1977, all that research,  all that knitting and baking, those BBQs, those building projects, moving and planning, negotiating, deals and displays …. come and share your story.


The gorgeous cream tea is funded by a grant from the Department of Social Services, facilitated by Eurobodalla Shire Council, and served by our indefatigable catering crew.   The venue is the Old Courthouse Museum, 3 Museum Place, Batemans Bay on  Wednesday 31st August at 2.30 for 3pm.   Kindly register your acceptance/details with Leslie Billings, on 4472 8993, or secretary@oldcourthousemuseum.com.