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.

Museum

Located in Mascot Library, the Bayside Council museum features exhibitions that tell incredible stories about the area. Exhibitions change throughout the year to highlight our district’s rich and varied history.

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.

The 2019 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize is now open

Entrants in the prize can research any aspect of the Bayside Council area: its history, buildings, natural features, people, or events.

Please use this entry form and please take the time to read the competition guidelines. All entries must be received by Friday 26 July 2019. For more information, please contact Kirsten Broderick on 9562 1821 or Jenny MacRitchie on 8338 0313.

Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize

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.

The 2019 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize is now open.

Students are invited to submit an essay on any topic related to the Bayside Council area.

Please use this entry form and please take the time to read the competition guidelines. All entries must be received by Friday 26 July 2019. For more information, please contact Kirsten Broderick on 9562 1821 or Jenny MacRitchie on 8338 0313.

Past Competition Entries

Examples of past entries can be found below;

2012 Joint-Winner: Therese Murray, ‘The Kingsgrove Slasher’: St George’s own Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, 1956 - 1959

2013 High School Winner: Eric Rong, An insight into the history of Sydney Technical High School

2013 Runner-Up: Charles Davis, General Holmes and a man called Leitch (15Mb)

2013 Winner: David Martin, The Rockdale Municipal Honour Roll of volunteers who served in the 1st AIF during the Great War of 1914-1918 (24Mb)

2014 Primary School Winner: Christian Hill, All Aboard! From Rockdale to Brighton Le Sands by tram

2014 High School Winner: Tandee Wang, The Political Trials and Tribulations of Rockdale City: a history

2014 Winner: Karen Pentland, They rallied to the flag: the people behind Bexley’s patriotic flag

2015 Winner: Garry Darby, Rocky Point Road: the first 50 years (17Mb)

2015 Junior Winner: Eric Rong, Windows into Bexley

2016 Winner: Leonie Bell, Against the odds: the history of the Rockdale Opera Company (27Mb)

2016 Award for outstanding contributions to the Ron Rathbone Local History Prize: Karen Pentland, The black & white of the thin blue line: Rockdale Police Station in the press 1890s – 1960s

2016 Primary School Winner: Jessica Vrckovski, The History of Rockdale Womens Netball Courts at 310 West Botany Street

2016 High School Winner: Cindy Purvis, The Life and Legacy of Pemulwuy

2017 Highly Commended: Leonie Bell, Memorial: Alderman Simon Peter Depena J.P. (1889 - 1964)

2017 Highly Commended: Alan Powditch, Brighton-Le-Sands Public School Centenary

2017 Encouragement Award: Michelle Steet, The Palace Picture Theatre Ramsgate (33Mb)

2018 Primary School Winner: Natasha Small, Clifford (Ned) Small (1895 - 1916)

2018 High School Winner: Houda Hamadi, 2018: 100th Anniversary of the Great War, the community of Bayside and World War 1

2018 Winner: Leonie Bell, Botany Wool

2018 Highly Commended: Dr Garry Darby, Mick Moylan’s Pub (part 1 56Mb) (part 2 47Mb)

2018 Highly Commended: Sheila Ngoc Pham, Wolli Creek: A Community under Construction

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.

Need to contact us?

Call 1300 581 299 (weekdays 8:30am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) or email council@bayside.nsw.gov.au