Port Macquarie Historical Society, New South Wales

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Port Macquarie Historical Society, New South Wales

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Port Macquarie Museum, New South Wales


  • Community

Contact area


Clive Smith



Street address

22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie


Port Macquarie


New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 6583 1108





Description area


The Port Macquarie Historical Society was founded in 1956 and since then has collected, and continues to collect, archival and museum materials relating to Port Macquarie and the adjacent districts.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

As a general rule collecting is restricted to material connected to the local area. However, items of national or state significance are also accepted.


The collections are housed in buildings erected in the 1970s, attached to a former store erected in the 1830s.


The collection is comprised mostly of family and personal papers and business records. In addition there is a large collection of photographs, including negatives from the local newspaper. One collection (Annabella Boswell's Papers) is listed on the Australian Memory of the World Register.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The collection is catalogued in an internal database. Selected finding aids are published on ehive (and from there to Trove). See https://ehive.com/collections/3977/port-macquarie-museum

Access area

Opening times

The Museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 3.30pm (last entry). Appointments are necessary to view archival holdings.

Access conditions and requirements


The archival collections are located on the first floor. Access is only via stairs.

Services area

Research services

Assistance is provided to researchers with an appointment to view the archival collection onsite. Resources are not available to undertake research, but when possible attempts will be made to answer specific queries (from our collection only).

Reproduction services

Photocopies and/or digital copies can be made. Some of the archival material (and most of the photographs) has been digitised, but is not available online.

Public areas

Museum exhibition areas are open to the public (admission fees apply). See website: www.portmuseum.org.au.

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 21 March 2021




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Medicine and Health (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Transportation (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444