History through photographs

History through photographs

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The Yamba Museum has an extensive collection of photos that document the history of Yamba and district. These range from school photos from Yamba and Palmers Island Public Schools to buildings and local identities, some dating back to the 19th century. This collection of historical photos is being digitised and some have been published online.

For example, Irene Gough, a member of PYHS, has been a guest blogger for ABC-Open, North Coast, NSW. In this post Irene points to a video created by PYHS Research Officer, John McNamara, where he ‘tells the story behind the photo’ (an ABC-Open project) – in this case it is the story behind a photo of the first Pilot of Yamba, Francis Freeburn, who was also the first non-indigenous person to live in Yamba. Irene also drops the name of Matthew Flinders and describes how despite his discovery of Yamba and the Yaegl people, he missed the fact that he was moored off the estuary of one of the largest rivers on the east coast.

Have you got some old photos that say something about the history of Yamba, Angourie or Palmers Island? We are happy to receive any donations of such photos – we can scan them and give you a digital copy in return. Alternatively you can contribute a copy of your photo/s (preferably with the story behind the photo) to this blog.

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Yamba Museum
River Street, Yamba
PO Box 100 Yamba NSW 2464
02 6646 1399

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis
The museum opening hours for 2021 are:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday
10am - 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday
2pm - 4.30pm

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