Berry and District Historical Society and Berry Museum, New South Wales

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Berry and District Historical Society and Berry Museum, New South Wales

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  • Community

Contact area


Research Secretary, 13 King Street, Berry



Street address

135 Queen Street, Berry Postal address: PO Box 153, Berry 2535




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 4464 1062; Museum: 02 4464 3097




Description area


The Berry Museum and the Historical Society arose from research activities associated with the Captain Cook Bicentenary celebrations in the area in 1970 (see
The objects of the society are to:

  • collect, conserve, store and display articles relating to the Berry district
  • research historical aspects of the Berry district
  • disperse and promote information on the history of the Berry district
  • advocate for the preservation of objects and sites of historic interest in
    the Berry district.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: President

Records management and collecting policies

Material relating to the Berry District.


The building housing the museum was designed by architect William Wilkinson Wardell (1823-1899) for the English, Scottish and Australian Bank (ES&A). It became council property in the 1940s and was later leased to the museum and historical society.


The collection in the Berry Museum comprises items and memorabilia donated by the local community families, associations and businesses, collated and indexed by volunteers. All relate to the area's agricultural and dairying past and to Berry's origins as an estate town of the Coolangatta Estate.

There is an extensive collection of early twentieth century photographs (some original) taken locally; and records relating to local families are maintained; together with Microfilms of the "Berry Estate Papers" from the Mitchell Library Collection (1817-1939), the South Coast Register and Broughton Creek Register.

The Museum has a computer database of over 80,000 names linked to families in the Berry area and surrounding districts.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Museum: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 11am - 3pm.
For research, an appointment is needed.

Access conditions and requirements

Advance notice of a visit for research is required.


Services area

Research services

Local and family research by appointment. For details about research and copying fees and link to a research request form, see

Reproduction services

Public areas

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Access Points

  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Medicine and Health (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Transportation (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

135 Queen Street, Berry
Postal address: PO Box 153, Berry 2535
Berry, New South Wales 2535