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Address: 148 March St Orange NSW 2800 Australia
Hours of operation: Wednesdays 10am – 4pm
Contact: 0458 649 669 or orange.history@yahoo.com.au
PO Box 1626 Orange NSW 2800 Australia

Orange & District Historical Society was formed in May 1949 by a group of Orange citizens interested in preserving history and historical links. They had voluntarily erected a memorial to Banjo Paterson and became involved in the erection of a memorial to Sir Thomas Mitchell on Mount Canobolas. They were involved in the planning of the centenary of the discovery of Gold at Ophir and the preservation of historic graves in the district. The first president was Richard Sheridan.

The society met at several venues before moving in 1968 to the Cultural Centre in Sale Street (the former Infants School). Here the first museum was established. In 1986 the society moved the museum to the former library building in McNamara Street after the City Library was relocated to the new Civic Square. The society’s museum operated here until 1999 when the site was sold for development and the collection moved into storage. The society and its archives were then moved to the present location at Heritage Cottage, 148 March Street.

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The society meets:

Every Wednesday at Heritage Cottage 148 March Street from 10am to 4pm to work on research, collection management etc.

Members and the public are welcome to drop in for inquiries, but please phone first to ensure that someone is free. Inquiries can be made on other days by telephoning these numbers: Dave Sykes on 0456 671 934 or Liz Edwards on 6362-8647 or 0408 390 918, or email: orange.history@yahoo.com.au

Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month.

Current Activities:

  • Collection management, documentation and conservation
  • Historical research
  • Bi-monthly History Alive meetings at Senior Citizens Centre with guest speakers on historical themes
  • Excursions to regional areas of historical interest with guest speakers
  • Representation on the Museums Australia Central Tablelands Chapter; Orange Regional Museums Network; Orange City Council Museum and Heritage committees
  • Member of Royal Australian History Society (RAHS) and Museums Australia
  • Celebration of Banjo Paterson’s birthday (17th February)

Newsletters:

History Alive – Winter 2017

History Alive – Autumn 2017

History Alive – Summer 2016-2017

History Alive – Spring 2016

History Alive – Winter 2016

History Alive – Autumn 2016

History Alive – May 2016

History Alive – Summer 2015/2016

Resources:

  • Historians are available at other times by appointment
  • Members of the society can provide assistance with research and other projects, as it has a large collection of objects, photographs, books and archives relating to Orange and the surrounding districts

To view the collection click here

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