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.


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Launch of a new photographic perspective of the Bay Bridge


"I have been involved in the photographic industry for most of my life, both as an employed photographer and a self-employed commercial photographer.  I’m interested in micro-photography, but my

particular interest is 'documentary’ photography, the fly on the wall, and ‘as it happens’.  Public celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Batemans Bay Bridge inspired me to reflect on our use of the Bridge, and elements of its construction."      (Ted Richards, Dec.2016)

This fascinating photographic exhibition will be on view in the Courthouse from January 10 until March 9, 2017.

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" 

Acknowledgement: “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.

Friday  27th. January 2017
Come and support the Museum at it's next big fundraiser - Yes, we are running the Sausage Sizzle at BUNNINGS, Batemans Bay on the last Friday in Jan, 2017.  See you there!!!!