Don Bank is the oldest wooden house in North Sydney.
The Sydney Morning Herald on 20 October 1854 said it was: "A pretty marine villa with commanding views of Port Jackson."
Don Bank is a remarkable mid-19th century timber slab cottage that survives with its remnant Victorian garden amidst North Sydney’s bustle and high-rise office buildings. It is on the NSW State Heritage Register, and was saved from the bulldozer by community support and opened as a museum in 1981.
The museum displays focus in on the history of the house, and its former occupants.
Don Bank heritage brochure (1MB)
Hours: Wednesdays 12-3pm & Sundays 2-4pm, February to mid-December (Closed public holidays)
For Hire / Events
Don Bank hire brochure (6MB)
This unique historical space is available for hire by community groups and is perfect for art groups, music and film societies or play reading.
Facilities: courtyard, tables and folding /plastic chairs, wheelchair accessible toilet, TV and DVD player, loading dock, modern kitchen, flexible room/seating arrangements
Rates: differ for Not-for-profit/community groups (first session free), or Commercial Organisations (discount for regular hirers), see information brochure above.
These groups meet or hold events at the museum.
Live Poets at Don Bank meets 4th Wed of month (not January), 7.30-10.30pm
More event information
Lacemakers of Calais meets quarterly on the third Saturday in February, May, August and November, at 1pm (just drop by if you're interested, we're always happy to welcome new faces).
Where to find us
6 Napier Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
The museum is less than ten minutes walk from North Sydney Railway Station and is also close to bus stops on Miller Street and Pacific Highway.
More Information / Bookings
For bookings, contact Stanton Library, 9936 8400, email@example.com