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The Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society

Upcoming Courtroom Display

The society is delighted to host the Eurobodalla launch
of this major exhibition:

Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks

Opens 23 March

Australia’s coast is the final resting place of over 11,000 shipwrecks – roughly one wreck for every three kilometres of coastline. And New South Wales’ PS Wagga Wagga and Wollongbar II are two of 14 wrecks whose stories will feature in a nationally touring panel exhibition Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks uncovering Australia’s rich shipwreck history.

Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks is on a two year national tour across regional Australia. All 68 submitted shipwreck stories are available now on the AMMC website in a digital archive – www.maritimemuseumsaustralia.com/page/submissions-1.

The exhibition is assisted by the Australian Government Visions of Australia program.

Submerged is on display 23 March to 30 April

Some extracts from our Visitors Book:


12/10/17 – Danelle, Fishermans Paradise – “Absolutely amazing”

13/9/17 – Batemans Bay Uniting Church – “Thank you especially for the delightful morning tea you provided for us! A great visit to a wonderful community and historic asset!”

30/8/17 – Probus – “Amazing exhibitions here at your wonderful museum! Congratulations!”

7/2/2017 – Lorraine & Peter, Wodonga, UC – “Lots of items to see. Excellent descriptions”

11/1/2017 – Charlotte, Canberra – “It was fun being the judge”

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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.

Museum receives cash donation from Batemans Bay Soldiers Club

The Museum would like to express its gratitude to the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club for a $1500 donation towards the cost of improving accessibility around the museum. Members Ewan Morrison (President), Chris Ruszala (Vice-President) and Myf Thompson (Curator) met with Paul Biddlestone (Chief Executive Officer) at the Club in January 2018, to discuss the possibility of the Club providing funding for some of the Museum's projects. Subsequently, Mr. Biddlestone presented a proposal to the Club Board, which was passed. We were then advised, by letter, of the very generous donation at the end of the month.

Our latest merchandise!

Thursday 22nd March, 2018
Come and support the Museum at its next big fundraiser - Yes, we are running the Easter Family Evening Sausage Sizzle at BUNNINGS, Batemans Bay on Thursday, 22nd March, 2018, 5:30 to 8:00.  See you there!!!!

Museum fundraising drive 2018

               Target $15 000   

We are working to raise money for the following improvements:

  Disability Path Covered Access to External Exhibits

If you wish to help, you can donate in two ways:  Click the PayPal 'Donate' button above and follow the instructions to make an   electronic deposit. Note that amounts over $2 AU are tax deductible; OR Click the blue button below to obtain a donations form.

Suggested Donations: $10, $20, or $50.

Museum to support launch of new local weekly market in the Bay.

The 'Batemans Bay Makers & Growers Market' will launch on thursday April 5th, at the Community Centre, right opposite the Museum. We will put on a Craft Stall on the day, plus a Sausage Sizzle on the lawn at the front of the Museum. The organiser (Jess from 'Alcheringa Cottage Farm') is also arranging for a Coffee Van to set up next to the BBQ.

So, come on down and enjoy market day, along with local small businesses and other community groups.. Stalls will be selling from 11.30am until 2.30pm. If this goes well, it could become a regular event on the local calendar.