The Tomaree Museum and Cultural Centre actively collects a variety of oral and visual histories.

We are digitising and making publicly available as much as we can, so please, check the growing collection on this page to find yet more interesting stories of Port Stephens, Newcastle and the Hunter.

Port Stephens Local Stories

Hear stories about Port Stephens from a variety of locals including TMA members John 'Stinker' Clarke and Frank Future.

Chop Talk

Local Salt Ash farmer and former Earthmover, Monty Bull talks with Doug Cross of the Tomaree Museum Association about some local history and the uses and stories behind axes in the Museum collection.

Tomaree Museum Collection

Members of the Tomaree Museum Association collect and catalogue historical artefacts donated by the pioneering families for the original Museum in Nelson Bay during the late 1960's and 70's.


These items have been held in storage by the Carroll Family at Anna Bay for 45 years and will go on eventual display in our permanent Museum.


During World War 2, Port Stephens was home to HMAS Assault.

Over 20,000 US and Australian troops engaged in intensive training to fight back the imminent invasion of Australia by Japanese Imperial Forces.

This video is a short presentation of rare of black and white and colour footage shot in 1942 and 1943.

Chop Talk​ 2 (Part 1)

Local Farmer and former Earthmover Monty Bull continues a talk about historic axes for the Tomaree Museum Association.