Maitland Regional Museum
Maitland Regional Museum's mission is to form an alliance of local heritage groups working together with the community, to provide a suitable place to collect, research, preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of Maitland.
University of Newcastle Cultural Collections
The Cultural Collection the home of the historical and cultural memory of the University and its regional context and is located on level 2 of the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle, Australia
Port Stephens Council
Port Stephens is known for its natural beauty and highly valued environment, making it an ideal recreational, tourist and lifestyle destination - a great place to live and work. For these reasons, Port Stephens has very diverse social, environmental and economic characteristics. It is these characteristics that make us such a unique and special place.
Tomaree Headland Heritage Group
The Tomaree Headland Heritage Group is a community led organisation that is based in Port Stephens and which includes as participating groups Tomaree Business Chamber, Nelson Bay RSL Sub-Branch, Destination Port Stephens, Port Stephens Historical Society, Shoal Bay Community Association, EcoNetwork, Marine Parks Authority and Tomaree Ratepayers & Residents Association.
Tomaree Ratepayers & Residents Association (TRRA)
TRRA Inc. actively represents the Tomaree community on issues such as planning and development, protecting the built and natural environment. TRRA also takes an active stance on economic development, tourism, culture and other grass roots issues.
Local Indigenous Organisations
Worimi Conservation Lands
The Worimi People are custodians of the country around Port Stephens, their traditional lands. The Worimi Conservation Lands are managed by the local Worimi Traditional Owners, in partnership with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to ensure the protection of the natural and cultural values of the country.
Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council
The Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council is committed to improving, protecting and fostering the best interests of its members and all Aboriginal persons within the Council's area.
Local Cultural Groups
Tilligerry Arts Group
Tilligerry Arts Group, formed in 2003 by a small group of Tilligerry artists, provides encouragement and support to artists and artisans from the wider Port Stephens and Newcastle area.
Local Historical Organisations
Port Stephens Historical Society
Port Stephens Historical Society aims to encourage the study of and research in the history of the Port Stephens district and adjacent areas and to promote the compilation of authentic records relating to the history of the district.
Port Stephens Family History Society
The Port Stephens Family History Society aims to offer research facilities to members and help others research and compile their family history. The society is a non-profit association and most of their equipment and material at hand has been due to the generosity of past and present members.
Tomaree Family History Group
The Tomaree Family History Group Nelson Bay Incorporated was formed in 2000 and is enthusiastically gathering resources and is prepared to share knowledge and assist others with research into genealogy and family history.
Raymond Terrace & District Historical Society
The Society, founded in November 1974, provides assistance with local and family history research through their research rooms at the local library, which are open three days per week. The Society aims to collect local history in any form; to preserve artefacts; and to educate and provide an understanding of local pioneers.
Karuah Local History Group
Karuah Local History Group was formed to gather the stories, family histories and history of our community of Carrington, Swan Bay, Bucket’s Way, Limeburners Creek, Allworth, Booral, Girvan, The Branch, Nerong and, of course, Karuah.
Kings Street Preservation Action Group
The objectives of the society are to save the history of King Street, Raymond Terrace and to raise awareness of the heritage of the area.
The society also aims to ensure public access to the street and riverfront and to hold activities which bring people to the area.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and manages over 7 million hectares of land across NSW, including more than 870 national parks and reserves, 4 World Heritage-listed sites, a number of Australian National Heritage sites and 17 Ramsar wetlands. These protected areas play a critical role in conserving biodiversity, as well as natural and cultural heritage.
Marine Parks Association
The aim of the Marine Parks Association is to support and implement community based research, education and advocacy for marine parks and sustainable marine resource management.
NSW Department of Primary Industries
The NSW Department of Primary Industries, a division of the NSW Government, is responsible for the administration and development for agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry, and biosecurity in New South Wales.
Port Stephens EcoNetwork
EcoNetwork is a Port Stephens based conservation, sustainability and natural heritage network with a vision for an eco-oriented culture for sustainable communities and the transfer of intact eco-systems to future generations. EcoNetwork is committed to the conservation of terrestrial and marine environments and to opposing growth and development that is excessive: that threatens our vital life supporting natural systems and the integrity of our local environmental assets.
Local Historical Sites
Nelson Head Lighthouse
Also known as Nelson Head Inner Light, the light is no longer active but in the past guided ships into Port Stephens. The Lighthouse Cottage is a historic lighthouse keeper's cottage that now serves as a cafe and a museum of local history. The reserve is also the base for Marine Rescue NSW Port Stephens.
Tanilba House is a convict built 6 bedroom stone homestead completed in 1831. The house sits on 3 acres of gardens and grounds overlooking Port Stephens from Tanilba Bay.
Established in the 1840s, this country residence with its fine verandahs and cool cellars was the heart of a vast agricultural estate. The grounds feature a pretty stone chapel that is still used for weddings today.
Tahlee House was originally built of sandstock brick in 1826 but was destroyed by fire in 1860. A new residence on the remains of old, utilising the remaining walls was built in 1880 and featured a beautiful garden, ball room and tennis courts.
Port Stephens Examiner, 1st January 2020
The Tomaree Museum Committee (TMC), still in its embryonic stage, has plans for a historic and culturally significant museum on the Tomaree Lodge site at Shoal Bay, once it has been vacated, at a cost estimated around the $15 million mark.
Port Stephens Examiner, 4th February 2019
The Friends of Tomaree Headland (FoTH) was formed to provide a strong voice to uphold the historic, cultural, marine and tourism value of this natural paradise, it has also adopted as part of its agenda the opportunity “to secure the future of the iconic Tomaree Lodge”.
NSW & Local Tourism
Destination Port Stephens
Destination Port Stephens is a non-profit, incorporated body supported by Port Stephens Council (PSC), for the betterment of the region as a destination to stimulate the local economy and ultimately provide the lifestyle benefits we have grown to love.
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