North Shore Historical Society

Venue: Stanton Library (level 1)
Council Event
Cost: Free

Event Details

April Guest Speaker: Jim Haynes OAM

The son of British migrants, Jim attended Sydney Boys’ High and Sydney Teachers’ College. He taught in schools and universities in NSW and Britain, has two masters’ degrees in literature, from New England University and the University of Wales in the UK, and is the author of 26 books. In 2016 Jim’s book, Australia’s Best Unknown Stories, made it into the top ten best-seller list for his publishers Allen & Unwin.

Jim still performs as an entertainer and speaker, works in radio as the Australiana

expert on 2GB. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day Honour's List in 2016, 'for service to the performing arts as an entertainer, author, broadcaster and historian'.

Topic: The Secret Life of Banjo Paterson

Did you know that Banjo Paterson rode winners at Rosehill, had a partially crippled right arm, enlisted in WW1 at the age of 52 and became a major and was involved in a scandalous romance that ended his 6-year engagement? Jim explains these things (and many more) and performs a selection of verse.

For details, please check the Feb 2022 bulletin (653KB)




President 02 9929 6637, Secretary 0414 416 802  

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About the North Shore Historical Society

The Society, founded in 1958, aims to promote both public knowledge and research into local history, including the way in which the histories of the City of Sydney and the NSW State have impacted on the development of the North Shore.

The Society accomplishes its objectives through regular monthly meetings, visits to historical sites, and walks exploring regional history. It also financially supports History Prizes for local school students.

The Society assists Council in many matters including the provision of plaques at historical sites.

The Society's archives and research files are available in the Heritage Centre (Stanton Library), plus advice and support can be sourced from others with particular interests or expertise.


How to Become a Member

Membership is open to everyone with an interest in regional history. Membership offers you the opportunity to meet other people with similar interests, to attend meetings with informative guest speakers, to attend outings to places of historical interest, and to receive our monthly Newsletter with details of meetings, speakers and other relevant historical matters.

The membership fee is $15 per person, per annum. If you would like to join, please download:

NSHS application for Membership form (349KB) 

Complete and post it with your cheque, or bring it along to one of the monthly meetings!


Stanton Library (level 1)
234 Miller St
North Sydney
New South Wales 2060


For more information please contact President.

: 02 9929 6637

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