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Welcome to the website of

The Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society

(Accredited under the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries)

Fundraising Activities

(Note: The Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society Inc is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC): ABN 24 004 213 040)

April 2018 launch of the Bay Makers & Growers Market a great success!

The Museum has taken advantage of the new weekly market at the Community Centre, to set up a Craft Stall (see photo right) and a Sausage Sizzle at the entrance to the Museum. Funds raised from these two enterprises, plus the Book Emporium and cash donations, are contributing significantly to the Museum's operating reserves.

Ledger Conservation

Museums and Galleries NSW awarded the Museum $7600 for the conservation of two shipping ledgers from the Nelligen agency of the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company. These are currently undergoing conservation in Sydney.

The Museum has applied to the Maritime Museums Project Scheme to have the ledgers digitised as Stage Two in making Ledgers before Conservation them available for public research.

Saturday, the 6th of May, saw a grand re-union of Bay residents, current and past, at the Bay Soldiers Club. On the night of the dinner, over 330 people attended. Memories were re-kindled, and supplemented by speeches and photographic displays. Over $2,000 was raised during the evening, through the sale of DVD/CDs and Programs. The organising Committee, lead by Leah Burke, decided to donate the funds evenly to the local Womens Hospital Auxiliary and the Old Courthouse Museum.

In the photo above, the Committee (Leah on left) is shown presenting a cheque for $1085 to Museum Curator Myf Thompson. Note: The 'potty theme' was inspired by the Museum's intention to update it's Washroom facilities.

The 'Book Emporium' has become a key source of fundraising for the Society, since it was opened in April 2014. Books can be viewed and/or purchased, by simply asking one of the volunteers, on duty during standard opening hours. Donations of good quality books can made during opening hours, and outside of those hours by simply placing in the black container, to the right of the gate, at the top of the entrance ramp. We thank you for your generosity and support.

The Museum uses a range of methods to raise funds to support the development, maintenance and display of its collections. In addition to the Book Emporium, these include:

  • Rostered BBQs in the car park of the new Bunnings Warehouse, Batemans Bay;
  • Monthly handcraft stall in the Bridge Plaza and/or Village Centre. In September 2015, the team raised over $1700 at the Village Centre (see photo on right);
  • Gold coin donations during museum opening hours and Open Days; and
  • Attendance at local community events.

In addition, the museum is eligible to apply for grants from local, State and Commonwealth government and commercial organisations. In the recent past, such grants have enabled the following projects to be undertaken:

. $10,060 for a building improvement program (Museums and Galleries NSW);

. $2,000 for a Significance Assessment of two ISNC Shipping Ledgers (M&GNSW);

$44,000 for a roof sprinkler and drenching system - Community Partnership (State);

$10,000 for developing an antique machinery shed and refurbishing a shed to exhibition standard IMB Foundation;

Furthermore, the museum acknowledges the assistance provided through its community and commercial partnerships. These include donations of timber, paint and related building materials from the local branches of Bunnings Warehouse, Camerons, and Inspirations, in addition to two demountable storage units from Telstra. All community partnerships are noted on our ‘With Thanks Board’ at the entrance to the Museum and included in our Newsletter. You can access websites of the above commercial sponsors by simply navigating to the 'Related Links' Page under the main Header 'Schools and Groups' above.

Members Debra Hope and Nerida Castle at the new weekly Makers & Growers Market at the Community Centre in May 2018

Chris and Myf at the Bunnings Easter Workshop, April 2017

The Book Emporium - Christmas week 2015