Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society Inc, New South Wales

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society Inc, New South Wales

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Old School Museum (OSM), Merimbula
  • MIHS


  • Community
  • Regional

Contact area


Colette Moorhead



Street address

Old School Museum, 85 Main Street, Merimbula




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



0403 026 121




Description area


The Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society is a non-profit organisation founded in 1967. Since 1973 the society has maintained and managed the Old School Museum, which is housed in a heritage building (originally a school with the master’s residence attached) dating from 1873.

The Society is also responsible for an archive collection. It acquires, conserves, researches and exhibits the history of Merimbula, Pambula and adjacent areas for the purpose of education and enjoyment of both local residents and visitors.

Geographical and cultural context

Merimbula is a coastal town on the Sapphire Coast, southern New South Wales, halfway between Melbourne and Sydney.
The Old School Museum is in the centre of Merimbula.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Incorporated as a voluntary organisation.

Administrative structure

Committee as set out in the Society Incorporation Act (NSW) and Society rules.

Records management and collecting policies

Mosaic software used and, under the collection policy, the emphasis is on collecting material relating to the local area.


Old School Building and storage annexe with toilet.


Extensive local records, including historical records relating to to local institutions and businesses, oral histories, maps, books, artifacts, paintings and photographs.

Finding aids, guides and publications

See the website and brochures for details. Some local historical books for sale.

Access area

Opening times

Museum: Open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 1.30pm-4pm and groups by appointment.
Historical Society collection for research: by appointment only.

Access conditions and requirements

Dependant on availability of volunteers.


The heritage building is not accessible to wheelchairs.

Services area

Research services

Research for the public can be conducted by volunteers for a moderate fee. Personal visits for research by appointment only.

Reproduction services

Photocopying and limited scanning available.

Public areas

Museum and grounds are open to the public on opening days or by arrangement. Office and storage annexe are closed to the public.

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 9 December 2022




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Old School Museum, 85 Main Street, Merimbula
Merimbula, New South Wales 2548