North Shore Historical Society

Venue: Stanton Library - Conference Room (level 2)
Council Event
Cost: $4 visitors

Event Details

Topic: Taronga Park Zoo - a History

In 1916 and following 60 years of deliberation, frequent acrimonious debate and occupying diverse locations embracing the Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, Moore Park and Billy Goat Swamp, Sydney’s zoo found itself settling on the southern slopes and shores of historic Bradleys Head. The zoo’s subsequent 100-year journey, and one not without its challenges, saw the creation and development of a nationally and globally renowned conservation enterprise, and one arguably occupying the planet’s most striking and breathtaking zoological locations.

Guest Speaker: Guy Cooper, former Taronga Park Director and Chief Executive from 1998-2009

His connection continues in the role of an Executive Patron of the Taronga Foundation. Guy will touch on both chronicled and unrecorded episodes of the Taronga journey.

Visitors welcome.

Enquiries: President 9929 6637, Secretary 9957 2332 

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About the North Shore Historical Society

The Society, founded in 1958, aims to promote both public knowledge of 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, or you can view pages from the Historical Society journals online.


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:

Application for Membership form (349KB) 

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


Stanton Library - Conference Room (level 2)
234 Miller Street
North Sydney
New South Wales 2060


For more information please contact NSHS Information.

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