From its formation in 1961 the Society have actively collecting objects of historical interest related to Yass and district. The museum was officially opened in its present location in December 1988 after extensive refurbishments were made to a former garage over a period of some five years.
The collection is varied to say the least - everything from a Koertz wool press to a tiny trouser button stamped 'Bracken', used by a local tailor, who personalised his garments with custom-made buttons. Wedding finery, local cordial bottles and exercise equipment contrast with a coin and badge collection, a collection of trophies for champion merino sheep and a minature farm. There is plenty to see!
The museum is conveniently located just two doors from the Yass Visitors' Centre and adjoining Coronation Park with its playground and toilet facilities.
Our museum currently features a number of displays - everything from pubs to churches!
Also available for viewing are a collection of digitised historic images and a small selection of electoral rolls etc.
Research and copies of archival material and images
Enquiries for local and family history information and copies of archival material or images should be directed to our Archive.
Some of our museum displays for your viewing pleasure:
Are industrial strikes and delinquent teenagers products of the 1990s? No likely!
A different approach to a comparison of life in Yass in the 1890s and that in the 1990s is found in this unique display based on the streetscape of the town's main street, Comur Street.
Modern photographs of Comur Street in the late twentieth century are a vivid contrast to the scale models of the recreated buildings of a century earlier. Themes such as commerce, education, health and social life are used to explore the parallels - you will surprised by the similarities!
Under the Sign - a pub crawl of the twenty-two known sites in Yass where the thirst of travellers and residents were quenched.
Barren Jack: the Lost City - a photographic look at the early construction phase of Burrinjuck Dam. A small township of temporary buildings and tents developed during that time but nearly all evidence of it disappeared under the the rising waters.
Hamilton Hume: The Explorer - the life and explorations of Hamilton Hume told through objects, images and documents.
Cornerstones of Faith - an overview of the development of the churches within the vast Yass parishes, harking back to the days after 'Sunday crossed the Razorback'.
Fifty Years, Fifty Treasures
To celebrate our Golden Jubilee we are featuring fifty of our most interesting objects and documents from our diverse collection.
Exciting objects and documents drawn from our collection illustrate the rich history of our local community. Objects range from the telescope used by Hamilton Hume during his explorations and a Peninsular War cavalry sword believed to have belonged to Captain Francis Allman to the photographs of early Yass photographer Alfred Shearsby and the trophies of Sir Walter Merriman and moving towards more modern times the Woollenweath Crown used to crown young local women who raised considerable funds for community projects and Yass' first nude calendar.
There is something for everyone in this temporary exhibition at our museum and we look forward to welcoming you to experience glipses of our past through this collection of 'treasures'
Groups and other times by arrangement - please contact Yass Visitor's Centre 02 6226 - 2557
Closed during winter.
Enquiries for school and group visits to the museum should be directed to tours.
Photography or videotaping are not permitted within the museum without prior permission.
All images on this website are the property of the Yass & District Historical Society Inc and must not be used for any purpose without the express permission of the Society.
This page last updated: 21 May 2015