Welcome to Nowra Museum, home of  Shoalhaven Historical Society

18th July 2021 - Due to the current COVID outbreak in Greater Sydney and portions of the Illawara the Nowra Museum is currently closed. The Historical Society will review the situation in early August.

Welcome.
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 wateConstructing the railway line from Kiama to Bomaderry began in August 1890 and was completed by May 1893. This critical piece of infrastructure finally provided a reliable connection for the people, produce and businesses of the Southern Illawarra and South Coast to the markets of Sydney and beyond.

Built largely by pick, shovel and explosives, this book is testimony to those who laboured to make it a success. Temporary encampments, complete with post offices, schools and churches sprung up along its route to service the navvies and their families as they toiled on the line. Once complete the line would permanently change the economic and social structure of the towns it serviced.

The book features the story of the construction of the line and highlights the  photos of Samuel Cocks who captured the detail of the works as they were undertaken.


rcolours 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.
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Cordial Makers of the Shoalhaven
and their bottles
Like many food industries, before the conglomerates took over, Cordials and Soft Drinks were made locally with each manufacturer having their own unique recipes and of course, branded bottles.  Cordial making took place in the Shoalhaven for over 100 years and this book documents its history and provides a catalogue of many of the bottles that came to be used over those years. With dozens of photos (25 colour photos of bottles) this is a great read and great value at just $20. The book is 40 A4 size pages. Postage anywhere in Australia is $12. Email us for more details.


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Going South. Constructing the Railway - Kiama to Bomaderry.
Now Available from Nowra Museum $35.00
(Post Australia Wide $12.00 - email us to organise)

Constructing the railway line from Kiama to Bomaderry began in August 1890 and was completed by May 1893. This critical piece of infrastructure finally provided a reliable connection for the people, produce and businesses of the Southern Illawarra and South Coast to the markets of Sydney and beyond.

Built largely by pick, shovel and explosives, this book is testimony to those who laboured to make it a success. Temporary encampments, complete with post offices, schools and churches sprung up along its route to service the navvies and their families as they toiled on the line. Once complete the line would permanently change the economic and social structure of the towns it serviced.

The book features the story of the construction of the line and highlights the  photos of Samuel Cocks who captured the detail of the works as they were undertaken.