Community Histories

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, 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 has been cancelled due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the difficulties of accessing the library’s research material.

Any submissions made so far for this year’s competition will be kept on file and will be eligible for consideration should the Ron Rathbone Local History Competition proceed in 2021. Council staff have notified the applicants to advise them of the decision.

Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

The 2020 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize has been cancelled due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the difficulties of accessing the library’s research material.

Any submissions made so far for this year’s competition will be kept on file and will be eligible for consideration should the Ron Rathbone Local History Competition proceed in 2021. Council staff have notified the applicants to advise them of the decision.

For more information, please contact Kirsten Broderick on 9562 1821.

2019 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize Entries

2019 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize Winners

Joint Winners

Dr Garry Darby and Glen Humphries

Highly Commended Award

Leonie Bell

Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize

The 2020 Junior Ron Rathbone Local History Prize for Primary and High School students has been cancelled due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and the difficulties of accessing the library’s research material.

Any submissions made so far for this year’s competition will be kept on file and will be eligible for consideration should the Ron Rathbone Local History Competition proceed in 2021. Council staff have notified the applicants to advise them of the decision.

For more information, please contact Kirsten Broderick on 9562 1821.

2019 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize Entries

2019 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize Winners

Joint Winners - Primary School Category

Dana Khalil, Mishel Tareen and John Vimal

Winner - High School Category

Cindy Purvis

Special Award - Outstanding Contribution to the Junior Local History Prize

Ada Kwok

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.

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Introduction - Community Histories
Need to contact us?

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