Welcome to Nowra Museum, home of  Shoalhaven Historical Society

Shoalhaven Historical Society is housed in Nowra Museum, the former Nowra Lock-Up and Residence Police Station (built 1901).
The Museum's Collection boasts a number of rare artefacts from Indigenous and European settlement of the Shoalhaven area, a large photographic collection and early watercolours from artist Samuel Elyard.

The Society's Charter has been developed  to:

  • Promote and Encourage the Study of Local History.
  • Promote the Compilation of Historical Records.
  • Acquire by Purchase, Donations or Other Means and Preserve Relics, Artefacts, Printed and Photographic Records.
  • Foster Exchange of Information among Members of the Society, by Lectures, Readings, Discussions and Exhibitions of Historical Interest and Value.
The Museum also houses an Archival and Research Centre, Book and Photographic shop with dozens of Local History Publications and Framed Photos for Sale.
Shoalhaven Paper Mill
A Grand Adventure.

A decision in 1953 by English firm Wiggins Teape to purchase a parcel of land along side the Shoalhaven river for the construction of a paper mill changed the history of Nowra and the greater Shoalhaven forever.
As with any significant venture, its success was heavily dependant on the contributions of the people involved.
The mill brought with it an influx of English immigrants that made Nowra their home and contributed to the fabric of the district for decades to come. This photographic exhibition tells their story.
Open now until mid 2016.

Book and Photo Store

The Nowra Museum has over 60 local history publications for sale with new titles being added regularly. The latest addition to our bookstore is the new release from Kingsclear Books, "Pictorial History Shoalhaven District". With numerous photos, many from the Shoalhaven Historical Society collection, this book gives a fascinating overview of our regions significant history. At only $25.00 it is a must have. 

If you live outside the area and would like us to post you a copy of this or any of our publications, please just email us and we will arrange a postal delivery.
The Society also has dozens of photos available for purchase from the Nowra Museum