Members Meetings


Meetings are currently held on the fourth Saturday of each month at

the RSL Hall, corner Fern and Belinda Streets Gerringong, at 1.00 pm.

Visitors and new members are most welcome.



          Past Events





 2nd June 2018  125TH Anniversary of Kiama - Bomaderry Rail      (Click on link to view poster)

A celebratioon was held at 2.45pm on SATURDAY 2nd JUNE, 2018 for “living history” talks, displays and tours at the Gerringong Railway Station - and the new Distillery in the old Dairy Co-op/Butter Factory.
Also many joined us for a train journey to Berry on the 12.02pm train, talks by Berry Historical Society at Berry Station, lunch at a local cafe and return to Gerringong on the 2.38 train.

 15th September 2018    Ivy Mount Open House (Click the link to view poster of event)

On Saturday 15 September 2018, from 1 pm to 4 pm, Gerringong & District Historical Society hosted an open house at Ivy Mount Gerringong. 187 adults, plus children, attended.

Tours conducted by owners Wesley and Vicki Hindmarsh and family revealed beautiful original cedar doors, detailing and furniture. Visitors also saw the old stone kitchen wall and the charming cream shed. Entry of $10 included a sumptuous afternoon tea.

23rd March 2019. Talk by Tony Butz on Governor MacQuarie, in  his continuing interesting talks on Early Governors. (See Members Talks Page}

25th May 2019. Talk by Sandra McCarthy OAM, Emeritus Mayor, Fellow UOW.

Sandra gave an illustrated talk highlighting her association with Gerringong: her family's long association with the Illawarra, and with Gerringong in particular.

On the same day, at the AGM, Sandra agreed to be the first Patron of the Gerringong & District Historical Society. In making the announcement, President Helen McDermott said Sandra's patronage would add a rich dimension to the identity and profile of the Society. Tribute was also paid to retiring Committee Members Margaret Sharpe and Matt Dalton, who have both served the Society for a number of years.


22nd June 2019. Talk by Frank Tynan                        about his research on the old schoolhouse

at Mt Pleasant overlooking Werri Beach.                      and his stories of the Omega Retreat

National School which closed in 1946                         but which served many local families for many

decades.(See Members Talks Page}

The talk was followed by afternoon tea and then the monthly meeting.

27th July 2019. Talk by Andrejs Medenis, long time Gerringong Vet., talking on birds and wildlife, followed by afternoon tea and then the monthly meeting.

24th August 2019. Talk by Sandra McEwen, curator of the new museum, followed by afternoon tea then the monthly meeting.

30th August 2019. The 'turning of the first sod' for the new Gerringong Library and Museum (GLaM) was held at 10.00am outside the School of Arts building. Attended by representatives of Kiama Council, the Federal Government, members of GDHS, Auntie Joyce representing the local aboringinal community, and members of the construction company.

22nd September 2019. 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Unfortunately, due to the recent heavy rain, this event has been cancelled.

 Visit to open house "Strathmore", 65 Willowvale Road, Willow Vale hosted by the owner, Joyce Sharpe. Entry fee of $15.00 includes afternoon tea in a delightful garden setting with musical entertainment. No fee for children who must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Strathmore is the next turn left off Willowvale Road after the Crooked River Winery. We will hold a raffle for a dozen bottles of wine donated by Crooked River Winery.               

  Why not treat yourself to a relaxing lunch and a glass of wine at the winery before opening the door of this home which is over 100 years old.

12th October 2019. 2.00pm .

 Launch of the update and reprint of the book,                 The launch took place at the RSL Hall in

  A Vision Splendid, first published in 1984,                      Gerringong                                                                    

  by John Mc Cauley Shortis                                                Click on the image for more information on the book.



​​​                                             The price of the book is $30.00, plus P & P. 



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