Key Information


Upstairs (entry from Library laneway), Soldiers Memorial Hall, 86 Comur Street

Opening times

Tuesdays 2pm. Other times by appointment. Intending visitors are asked to contact us well ahead of a planned visit.

Closing Times


Contact No phone onsite


Admission fees

$30 for first hour plus $10 for each additional hour

Archive and Research

Our archives are only open on Tuesdays between 2pm and 5pm by appointment. Postal and emailed enquiries will be attended to upon receipt of the completed enquiry form and relevant fee.

The society archive welcomes inquiries from members, students, family historians, consultants, and researchers.

Research inquiries by mail or email on a completed enquiry form and accompanied by the standard fee (see below) are appreciated as inquiries without payment will not be actioned To enable us to assist you please complete as many of the details as possible on our downloadable inquiry form, noting the source of the information. The more details you can provide, the greater the possibility that we can assist with your inquiry. Please send the completed inquiry form by email to and deposit funds to the society’s bank account – Yass & District Historical Society, Westpac, Yass BSB 032 771 Account No 12 0621 quoting your name on the deposit.

Resources held at our archive.[YDHS Inc]

Alternatively mail the completed enquiry or order forms with the appropriate payment to

Yass and District Historical Society Inc
P O Box 304
Yass NSW 2582

Lengthy research and copies of documents and images will be charged separately.

Most materials in the archive may be photocopied or photographed, subject to copyright guidelines, permissions access, and the physical condition of the material.

The society accepts direct deposits, cheques, or postal orders as payment for goods and services.

Rachel Duddleston, Queen of the Allies candidate, 22 March 1916. [YDHS Inc]

To order archival material or images from the collection please download the order form.

Standard inquiry fee(up to one hour)
Each additional hour



Photocopies each
Photographs each  
Digital images emailed each.

Please add an extra $5 to the total order if images or files are required on the USB device.

Our archive is situated upstairs in the Soldiers' Memorial Hall, Comur Street with the entrance located in the laneway between the hall and the NRMA.

Please note – copies of documentation and images are provided for personal use and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced in any
format without the express permission of the Society. If you wish to reproduce material or an image in any
form you will be required to complete a permission form.

Afternoon tea in the Coen's courtyard, Comur Street, Yass, c1905. [YDHS Inc]

Records held

The area represented in the archival collection approximates that of the area covered by Yass Valley Council. A wide range of records include the following:

Highlights of the collection


Local burial & monumental inscription recordsSt Clement’s Anglican Church registers
NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages on CD-RomIndex to Bench books 1835-1871
Electoral rollsYass Police Court Letters Book & Court of Requests
Census recordsCommercial and pastoral directories
Rates & Valuations since 1898Livestock brands 1857-1929
Conditional Purchase Indexes 1861- 1865Goulburn Herald 1848-1857 (microfilm)
Yass Courier 1857-1929 (microfilm)Southern Argus 1881-1887 (microfilm)
Yass Tribune clippingsMiscellaneous directories
Ephemera collectionsThe digitized and indexed photographic collection
Extensive collection of district mapsRecords related to war service of local personnel
Records of Community OrganisationsWWII rationing cards
Local family history filesGeneral Return of Convicts 1837
Local history publicationsConvict Indents
Journals and newslettersNSW Convict Census & Ticket of Leave Holders for Yass District
Historic buildings informationExchange journals with local and family history groups
WWI portraits 

Highlights of the collection

  • Collection of some 400 images of World War One soldiers and nurses
  • Extensive map collection featuring many first edition parish maps
  • Extensive map collection featuring many first edition parish maps

  • Records of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows from c1870

  • The fully searchable digitized photographic collection