Randwick & District Historical Society Inc.

Founded in 1957 by Nell Pillars

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Sunset Strip Pool, Coogee
Sunstrip Pool Sign
The pool at Coogee is now known as Wylies Baths.
The sign is part of the Society's Museum collection.

Bucket from the Wreck of the SS <i>Malabar</i>

Bucket from the wreck of the ship Malabar
It is part of the Society's Museum collection.

Small jug used in La Perouse Cafe

Jug from the La Perouse Refreshment Rooms, Anzac Parade, La Perouse, now demolished. The jug is in the Society's collection.

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  • Library which includes published works about Randwick City and its people as well as standard historical reference works.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.

History of Randwick

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