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Welcome to our new website

We are extremely pleased to launch our ‘new look’ website which has been designed by Jeff from JXL Network Solutions with the grant from Museums and Galleries NSW



Our next issue is due out in October and to tie in with our Return to Tipperary seminar in November it will have an Irish theme but there is still room for further articles and book reviews. Your contributions will be appreciated by 31 August. Email boogaroon@yasshistory.org.au or phone Cheryl Mongan on 0413 312 081 for further information



Our monthly newsletter ‘Yandoo’ is circulated to all members to keep them informed of the latest news, activities and the work of the archives and museum.



The society meets at the Uniting Church Hall, Cliff Street (until further notice) at 2pm on the first Monday of each month – February to December (except the AGM on a date in October to be advised).
Why not join us for interesting presentations, the opportunity to participate in forums, a cuppa and to catch up with other members.


September Meeting

 The Pottingers and the Clarkes: from Yass to Braidwood
A relatively new arrival to Yass, Paul Briggs has had a life long interest in bushrangers and the law, especially as the intriguing combination occurs with his own family. He will have some interesting things to show and tell at our monthly meeting on Monday 5 September. members and guests are invited to join us at the Uniting Church Hall, at 2pm for a brief meeting and a cuppa following Paul’s  presentation. Parking is available in the church grounds.

Pre-loved history books

The donation of history and family history books is one way that you can assist in fundraising for the society. We are bringing together a collection of used books to be listed on our website and to sell at the Return to Tipperary seminar at St Clement’s, Galong in November. Many family history books are only small print runs for a limited readership and generally are not available in mainstream bookshops meaning that copies are harder to find – especially if the author did not comply with the requirements of Legal Deposit. We would very much like to hear from you if you have books that you can donate. Please email info@yasshistory.org.au or call Cheryl Mongan 0413 312 081.

August Meeting

All are welcome at the society’s monthly meeting on Monday 1 August when Michael Bell, the Australian War Memorial’s Indigenous Liaison Officer will be our guest speaker. The title of his presentation is Serving under the Protector.

A Ngunnawal/Gomeroi man, Michael joined the Memorial’s Military History Section in 2015 and has played a key role in encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to tell their stories relating to their military history. He had a leading role in the curatorial team that developed an exhibition titled For Country, for Nation: an illustrated history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service, and a publication of the same name in 2018.

There is plenty of parking in the grounds at the Uniting Church Hall, Cliff Street, so please join us at 2pm for a brief meeting followed by Michael’s presentation and a cuppa.

Return to Tipperary

There was incredible interest in the seminar which will be held from Fri 18 to Sun 20 November at St Clement’s, Galong with all 85 places booked only a few hours after the registrations were opened.

Thank you to all who have responded. You will receive emails with updates on the seminar and we are maintaining a wait list of interested people so that vacancies can be filled as they occur.

The seminar is all about how to research and understand the Irish at home, and as Australian immigrants and settlers. Primarily, the program has been created with family historians in mind but has much to offer local historians and those with a general interest in the Irish. There is a great line-up of eighteen speakers, comfortable accommodation, and country hospitality. The weekend will be hosted by the Yass & District Historical Society, Family History ACT and the Canberra and District Historical Society.

If you are interested or want to learn more about the event, please contact us at info@yasshistory.org.au  .

April meeting

As Anzac Day approaches our monthly meeting presentation at 2pm on Monday 4 April, Uniting Church Hall, Cliff Street, will focus on a WW2 story of incredible resilience.

The title of Cheryl Mongan’s talk is Tenacity, effrontery and resilience; an Australian’s story that comes from Aftermath: After the Second World War co-authored with Dr Richard Reid in 2020 for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of the war.

The story details the WW2 exploits of Flight Lieutenant Keith Chisholm MC, DFM, Gold Cross of Merit with Swords (Poland). An ace pilot Chisholm was shot down at sea, twice captured and escaped, he eventually reached Poland where he lived and worked with the Polish underground for two years before escaping to France and fighting with the French Resistance in the liberation of Paris.

Following World War Two the ramifications of this story contributed to the period of greatest change that Australia has experienced and in some aspects parallels what is happening in Ukraine.

Members and guests are welcome to join us for the presentation and a cuppa afterwards

New exhibition

Our newest exhibition Movers and Shakers: They made a difference was officially opened by Yass Valley Council Mayor Allan McGrath on Friday 11 March. Featuring twenty-seven local identities who went used their time expertise and talents to improve the lives of others.

In all communities there are exceptional individuals that stand out as leaders and pioneers though perhaps not recognised as such in their lifetimes. The Yass Valley residents profiled in this exhibition are representative of those who made a difference to the lives of others whether it be locally, nationally or further afield. Some lived incredibly long lives while others left us far too soon.

None started life from a position of wealth and privilege, and many were impacted by wars – either in the field or on the home front. Health care and education are fundamental to any society as is good governance and cultural pursuits, all of which are abundantly evident in the profiles featured.

This exhibition is based on objects in our collections that have been used to give a window into the lives of these locals.

Come and see who is included in Movers and Shakers – you may be surprised what these individuals did

Fossick for Fossils during the Canberra and Regional Heritage Festival

The Yass and District Historical Society is pleased to be a part of the Regional Heritage Festival from 9 April to 1 May 2022.

Upper Silurian fossil beds, Cliftonwood, Yass, c1910. [YDHS Inc]

The popular Fossick for Fossils event will run again this year as part of the Heritage Festival on Saturdays 16 April and 30 April.

The tours will take you in a self-drive guided tour on private property, approximately 10 klms from Yass to explore the fossil beds made famous by Alfred Shearsby. Tours will meet at Coronation Park, behind the Visitors Information Centre at 1.30pm with an expected finish time of 4.30pm. Sturdy footwear and a moderate level of fitness are required.

Bookings are essential by messaging 0450 338 379 or emailing peterjudithyass@gmail.com  Each tour has a limit of twenty-five participants so book early to avoid missing out.

The cost is $10 per person or $20 per family including up to two adults and children under 15 years. Tour bookings include free entry to the Yass and District Museum between 10am and 1pm on those days to see the new Movers and Shakers exhibition and to see more about Alfred Shearsby who spent years exploring the fossil beds in the Yass Valley.

The museum will open every Sunday and public holiday during the Festival from 10am to 4pm.


Our doors may have been closed but there is good news!

Our archives continue to operate receiving enquiries by email and post – please see our Archives and Research page for full details. But the good news is that we are now open on Tuesday afternoons by appointment between 2pm and 5pm. If you wish to visit, please email us yassarchives@gmail.com.au to arrange an appointment.


We are pleased to announce …

It was great news to learn that our third attempt to obtain grant funding for the installation of solar power at the museum has been successful and now installed by Yass Valley Solar.

This grant was supported by local Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain who recently visited the museum to present a framed certificate for the grant and another for a volunteers grant to instal contactless payment equipment and to provide training for our members and volunteers.


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