Camden Historical Museum

Camden Historical Museum

Camden Historical Society was formed in 1957. It concentrates on the history of the town of Camden and the surrounding district. It developed, and runs, the Camden Historical Museum. The Society publishes a journal and monographs, hold monthly meetings and provides guides to groups visiting the district. It holds an extensive archival collection whch is available to those wishing to undertake research. Membership is about 150; there are no paid staff.

Address: 
40 John Street, Camden, NSW
Tel: 
0246580463
Hours: 
11am to 4 pm, Thursday to Sunday
Admission: 
Free; donations appreciated
Facilities: 
Wheelchair access, reference library, guided tours, school visits
Collection: 
The Museum is divided broadly into three parts. The first covers Aboriginal prehistory, early exploration, land grants, the establishment of the town of Camden and surrounding villages, and later developments. The second part deals with social history, mainly of the twentieth century. The third section is a large collection of objects dealing with trades and professions over two centuries. All parts are supported by extensive archival material. Objects, photos, maps and library publications are all on computer databases. 2000 Objects, photographs and maps. Domestic, trade, industry and commercial objects (approx. 2000). Photographs (approx. 1000). Maps (approx. 70).
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Items

Musical Instrument

Pianoforte

Pianoforte
Creator:
Thomas Tomkison, Dean Street, Soho serial no.1405
Description:
Very original wooden item, still works but needs restoration. Said to have come in one of the early fleets by "Surgeon Mann".
Date:
C1785
Item Id Number:
195

Wine Press

Wine Press

Description:
Wood and Iron. Owned and used by Martin Thurn, a German Vigneron brought to Camden Park by the Macarthur family.
Date:
C1860
Item Id Number:
V398

Grape Crusher

Grape Crusher

Description:
Wood and Iron. Owned and used by Martin Thurn, a German vigneron brought to Camden Park by the Macarthur family.
Date:
C1860
Item Id Number:
V396

Photograph

First residence at Camden Park C1860's.

Creator:
Sir William Macarthur
Description:
Paper print copy of original glass negative.
Date:
C1860s
Item Id Number:
178

Plan

Design for the Village of Camden

Creator:
Thomas Mitchell
Description:
Original linen-baked paper plan prepared for the Messrs James and William Macarthur, four years before Camden Village began.
Date:
1836
Item Id Number:
54