Visiting the Society
Our Resource Centre at 379 Kent Street has lift access and accessible toilet facilities.
If you prefer not to use the life you can reach the second floor via the fire stairs. Please call us on 9299 5151 on approach so we can give you access (there is also an intercom at the front entrance)
Richmond Villa at 120 Kent Street is an historic three storey property (originally built 1849) and both the seminar room and bathrooms are only accessible via stairs. There is no lift. However the Manuscript & Image collection and stack material can be accessed on the ground floor where wheelchair access can be arranged.
If you require special assistance to use our collections or attend a seminar, please telephone in advance and speak to our staff, who will be happy to try to assist you.
Our main resource centre is at 2/379 Kent St. This is on the western side of Kent Street between King & Market Streets, and slightly closer to Town Hall than Wynyard railway station. The nearest commercial carpark is a few doors along at 383 Kent Street and it offers reasonable weekend and early-bird rates, especially if pre booked. There is a cycleway along this part of Kent Street and street parking is extremely limited.
Our Manuscript, library stack and seminar facilities are at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street. This is at the northern (harbour) end of Kent St just past the approaches to the Harbour Bridge and adjacent to Observatory Hill. Wynyard Station (train and bus) is a 10 minute walk and ferries are 15 minutes away at Circular Quay. There is metered street parking outside the building.
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Every year the Society runs an Annual Fundraising Appeal, highlighting a specific area of the collection or focussing on an area of our operations. Sometimes this Appeal is to raise funds, in other cases its focus is on an area of need, such as engaging more volunteers. All donations to the Annual Appeal over $2 are tax deductible.
Our current Appeal is Buried Treasures - focussing on raising funds to improve access to our wonderful cemetery resources. Read more or donate to the 2015 Appeal here.
The Society is a registered charity and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible when made to the Collections Fund. This Fund is used to purchase library resources and improve the services and facilities for our members. You can make a donation to the Collection Fund here.
We also accept donations of research papers and books - more details will be found here.
Members have free access to the collections. If you are not a member, the daily research fee is $20 per day per person. Bookings are not necessary. The non-member $20 day fee is deductible from your first subscription/joining fee if you become a member on that day. Click here for the full details of the benefits of membership.