Open Day and Book Launch

Saturday, 11 May 2024, 10 am to 2 pm, 78 Parkes Street, Helensburgh

Join us at 11am as we launch our new publication TEACHING THE 3Rs, Pioneer Schoolteachers of the Helensburgh District, written by Janet Lee.

Tour Dr Cox’s 1935 surgery, look through our photo collection, get help with your family history, or update us with new information and photos.

Great bargains on local history books!  Pay by EFTPOS or cash or 
pre-order for pick-up. 

Contact us at  
or Jan on 0418 681 384

Our newest publication has been sent to the printers and will be available at our next Open Day on 6 April for $20 each. 

The book is about three pioneer public schoolteachers – Edwin Byrnes at Helensburgh, Arthur Gilchrist at Otford, and John Surtees at Stanwell Park – and their contributions to education and community life.  They were true pioneers of the Helensburgh district and deserve recognition.

The title Teaching the 3Rs, is, of course, a reference to the old method of teaching “Reading, Writing and Arithmetic”, but these three pioneers did much more than that.  They brought enrichment and enjoyment to the lives of young people through music, poetry recitations, sports, gardening, science, history, geography, nature study, sewing, citizenship, debating, patriotic events, and even practical life-saving lessons, as the children worked towards passing their examinations, in the hope of progressing to secondary education, or obtaining a good job.  Not only that, the three teachers also helped form and enrich social life in the villages, by involving themselves wholeheartedly in community organisations.

To pre-order this must-have book, contact us at
or send an SMS to Jan on 0418 681 384.  The new book will also be available soon on our website merchandise page through PAYPAL if you need postage.

In addition, we are reprinting the popular booklet by Dr Lorraine Jones, HELENSBURGH NSW and the 1919 INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC, and it will be available for just $10 at the Open Day.

We still have some copies available from last year’s publications: