Gravesend Museum

gravesend-museumThe Gravesend and District Historical Society was formed in 2004, and its museum building was formally the Church of England Church.

Establishment of the Museum

Gwydir Shire Council purchased the building when the church decided through lack of parishioners that they would sell the building. The Society approached the Council requesting that the 100 year old building be preserved for a museum.

Items on Display
Items have been donated and loaned by Society members and the Church of England left some very old pieces of furniture for display.
A significant item housed at the museum is the 100 year old marble font.  Many decendants of early settlers to the district were christened at this font.

Snippets of Gravesend’s History
By Graham Wilson

Gravesend was created as a village by transport and proclaimed a village in 1911. The Warialda Standard, 2 October 1911 announced that ‘Atkin Hill’ was to be subdivided at Warialda Railway. The Department of Lands altered the design of Gravesend by extending the village and suburban limits in 1915.  The proclamation was gazetted on 16 December 1915.  In October 1917 fifty-nine allotments in the village were offered for sale. In April 1936 the Gravesend Progress Association discussed the tarring of the main street. In 1971 Gravesend obtained water from a bore in the bed of the Gwydir River.

Group Bookings

Groups wishing to visit the museum can make arrangement by contacting Helen Sweedman 02 6729 7016 or Fay Cains 02 6729 0045.

History Enquiries

General queries about the history of the district and genealogy research

Email:  Fay Cains cainsjlf@optusnet.com.au

Mailing Address:  F Cains, 38 Gragin Road, Warialda NSW 2402.