Our central theme SSHS’s new Venetia Street museum is ‘Old but New’. Here we highlight a selection of objects and stories reflecting this old but new history of Sutherland Shire – described in 1929 as, ‘A sort of no-man’s land between Sydney and the Illawarra’.
Museum displays highlight:
- Aboriginal life and art
- First contact - Captain Cook’s arrival in 1770, including Banks and botany
- The story of Bass and Flinders
- Early landholders in the district especially Thomas Holt
- The Holt-Sutherland Company
- Essential services, including electricity, water, toilets, health
- The Coming of Suburbia
- Migrant stories
- Surfing and water sports
- Science & research
- Murder & Mayhem
- Local government, Sutherland Shire Council
- Environmental disasters
The Primary School curriculum is especially well catered for in the museum content and presentation.
A specialist research room contains a very comprehensive data base of suburb and general histories, books and artwork relevant to the Shire.
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