- The Society seeks to promote an awareness and understanding of the past, present and future of the Shire of Tweed and the southern section of the City of Gold Coast and their surrounding local government areas both in New South Wales and Queensland through research, scholarship and the acquisition, conservation and integrated presentation of appropriate material in the fields of maritime and local history, the environment and science, technology, industry, and the arts; and
- The Society seeks to promote, in conjunction with the Tweed Shire, the development, aims and objectives of the Tweed Regional Museum.
Ruth Aberdeen, Brian Boyd, Robert Ford, Gwen Hart, Warren Keats, Betty McKenzie, Peter Winter, Marie Adams, Margaret Lutton, Jan Duke, Ray Duke, Joan Smith
President – Joan Smith
Vice President – Ross Johnson
Secretary – Daphne Mellor
Treasurer – Jim Sachs
Robyn Pierce, Jan Curtis, Robert Guthrie, Lyn Maddalena, Ross Johnson
Joan Smith, Jan Curtis
Jan & Ray Duke
Robyn Pierce, Jan Curtis, Robert Guthrie, Jim Sachs, Joan Smith
The History of the Tweed Heads Historical Society
In 1985 a public meeting was called at Tweed Heads to form an Historical Society, as none existed between Southport on the Gold Coast, Queensland and Murwillumbah in Northern New South Wales. The meeting was well attended and the Lower Tweed River Historical Society was formed, later to become the Tweed Heads Historical Society Inc.
An energetic band of volunteers set about establishing their presence in the community and began setting up their Research Centre in the old Tweed Heads Court House which had been removed from the town to Pioneer Park to make room for a development. The growing collection comprised of oral histories, photographs and artefacts. Gradually a library was acquired book by book, along with local newspaper articles, and local authors of historical significance were added to the collection.
A considerable collection of research and early photographs has been established and along with it a Maritime Museum, now part of the Tweed Regional Museum. Also over the years in conjunction with the Murwillumbah Historical Society and Uki and South Arm Society we have combined to present joint exhibitions and publications.
Tweed Heads being a border town, it was decided our history should encompass both sides of the border: the area of the Southern Gold Coast and Hinterland as well as the New South Wales far North Coast and surrounds. Pioneering families that came and settled this area were neighbours and depended on one another for support in their isolation.
The Society has published a number of books over the years and quarterly publishes their own Journal, the Log Book, which is posted out to each of its members. As you use the site you will see for yourself just how comprehensive the collection is. Enjoy your journey and if we can help you in your research then we have achieved our aims.
Joan Smith President