TMA in the News

Tomaree Museum's bold $20 million plan for cultural and artistic precinct in Nelson Bay

Charlie Elias
​Port Stephens Examiner

11 March, 2021

An ambitious $20 million plan to transform Neil Carroll Park at Fly Point into a cultural and artistic precinct has been put forward by the Tomaree Museum Association (TMA).

The proposed multi-use facility would feature a mix of art, tourism and cultural/heritage hubs spread across approximately 3000 square metres of land overlooking the spectacular Nelson Bay waterfront.

AMBITIOUS: Tomaree Museum Association president Ian Farnsworth in Neil Carroll Park at Nelson Bay's Fly Point.

History buffs keen for a Port Stephens hub

Rebecca Riddle
Newcastle Weekly

4 October, 2020

"Port Stephens was once home to the world’s largest oyster farm, the training ground for 20,000 American and Australian soldiers under General MacArthur, and the site of Bert Hinkler’s crash landing.

It is its historical richness that is the driving force behind Tomaree Museum Association’s push to establish a museum within the coastal town."

Port Stephens' local identity John Clarke is inspecting a donated oyster barge he hopes to display if his museum dream comes to light.

Ray Alley photo collection donated to museum

Charlie Elias
Port Stephens Examiner

13th August 2020

"Nearly 50 years of work from one of the Port's most prolific photographers will go on display at the Tomaree Museum Association (TMA) to be preserved for future generations.

The Ray Alley lifetime photographic collection was this week donated to the TMA by the late photographer's son and daughter, Matthew and Jordyn Alley."

Matthew and Jordan Alley with John Clarke


The Tomaree Museum Association Incorporated aims to develop a  regional museum and interpretative centre to document, protect and promote the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens.


The Tomaree Museum Association acknowledges the Worimi people,
the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters upon which Tomaree Museum stands. We should like to pay our respect to the Elders
past and present, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this
website contains a range of material which may be culturally sensitive
including records of people who may have passed away.