Our library holds a diverse community history collection and we facilitate access to historical collections including; books, records, newspapers, photos, historical footage and other items.
Specific collections are located at Mascot and Rockdale Libraries. Please contact us for more information.
Located in Mascot Library, Council runs a museum that features exhibitions that tell incredible stories about the area. Exhibitions change throughout the year to highlight our district’s rich and varied history.
2020 Ron Rathbone Local History Prizes
The 2020 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize and the 2020 Junior Ron Rathbone Local History Prize for Primary and High School students are now open.
Ron Rathbone Local History Prize
A prize of $5,000 is awarded annually to the author of the best piece of original research on any aspect of the history of the Bayside Council area.
Entrants in the prize may research any aspect of Bayside Council’s history they choose including its heritage buildings, residents, geographical features, local organisations, or events.
All entries must be received by Friday 24 July 2020.
2019 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize Entries
- Leonie Bell, The Grand Parade Brighton: Real Estate and Recreation
- Dr Garry Darby, Some Aboriginal People of the Botany Bay Area: 1830 - 1930
Dr Darby’s entry is available for viewing on Level 2 of Rockdale Library
- Maxine Gray, Mapping the Toohey Family
- Dr Graeme Gwilliam, A History of Freemasonry in Bexley and Lodge Bexley, No 328 of the United Grand Lodge of NSW
- Glen Humphries, Night Terrors: The True Story of the Kingsgrove Slasher
Glen Humphries’ entry is available for viewing on Level 2 of Rockdale Library
- Noel Leaudais, A Photographic Record of the Construction of the Brighton-Le-Sands Boardwalk
Noel Leaudais’ entry is available for viewing on Level 2 of Rockdale Library
- Karen Varga, St Thomas More Parish, Brighton-Le-Sands: 80 Bright Years and More
Karen Varga’s entry is available for viewing on Level 2 of Rockdale Library
This parish history is also available for sale at St Thomas More Catholic Church, Brighton-Le-Sands. For further information please visit www.thomasmorebrighton.org.au or email email@example.com
- Tina Workman, On the Street Where You Live: A History of the Street Names in the St George Area
2019 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize Winners
Dr Garry Darby and Glen Humphries
Highly Commended Award
Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize
Students are invited to submit a work on any topic related to the Bayside Council area.
A prize of $500 is awarded annually to the winning High School student and the winning Primary School student for the best piece of original research on the history of the Bayside Council area.
All entries must be received by Friday 24 July 2019.
2019 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize Entries
- Aiden Barrientos, Botany Bay and Captain Cook
- Shaan Neah Gimena, Bexley’s History
- Ethan He and Issac Liang, Kyeemagh
- Dana Khalil, The History of Bexley
- Ada Kwok, Deep History of Botany
- Silvia Kwok, Bexley
- Issac Liang, Pagewood: A Garden Suburb
- Shine Liang, Sydney Airport
- Kristina McLean, Nancy Prasad
- Cindy Purvis, The History of Tempe House
- Mishel Tareen, Bexley Pool
- John Vimal, History of Bexley
2019 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize Winners
Joint Winners - Primary School Category
Dana Khalil, Mishel Tareen and John Vimal
Winner - High School Category
Special Award - Outstanding Contribution to the Junior Local History Prize
Botany Historical Trust
Botany Historical Trust was established in 1994 to enable local residents to learn more about the history of their local area.
Trust members work closely with the George Hanna Memorial Museum staff to make local history more accessible for residents and visitors.