Contact Info

South Kempsey Park
Lachlan Street
South Kempsey

PO Box 390
Kempsey NSW 2440

Phone: 02 6562 7572


Museum Open
10am - 4pm
Except Christmas Day & Good Friday



You can become a Member of the Society by downloading and completing the Membership Form here.  Simply send it off to us with your payment and the Society will provide a nominator and seconder for you.

Education Programme

The Macleay River Historical Society offers educational programs strategically linked to school activities and the curriculum.  Currently, programs for NSW Primary History Syllabuses to be implemented in 2015 for stages 1, 2 and 3 are offered.

Stage 1 Units
• The Past and Present
• Past and Present family life

Stage 2 Units
• First contact

Stage 3 Unit
• What was happening in Kempsey during the Gold Rush?


Preschool activities are also available.  For more information please contact our Education Officer, Ms Lee Hoinville.

Risk Assessment. Please read the Venue and Safety Infomation for School Excersions you will find HERE.


Some testimonials of recent programs follow:

Dear Mrs Lee Hoinville

We have written you some letters of appreciation for the wonderful day we had at your Museum on Monday.  The children have not stopped talking about this experience and hope to visit again one day…
You may notice that the letters are addressed to Mrs Atkinson, this is because the students wanted to keep with the theme of the olden days and use your character name, I hope that that is OK.

Staff at Bellbrook Public School

Dear Mrs Atkinson

Hi my name is … I enjoyed doing the home duties and the sawmill model.  I rang the school bell. It was awesome.
Pupil, Bellbrook Public School

Dear Mrs Atkinson

Hi my name is … and I liked the bit when I was dressing up and thesawmill…
I think it would have been hard to be a kid back in history.

Pupil, Bellbrook High School

Dear Mrs Atkinson

Hi there, my name is … I attended the Museum on Monday 24 March…
My favourite part was dressing up in costume.  I would like to thank you for taking the time to prepare all the clothes for us to travel back in time.  Also I liked the cottage and doing the home duties.

I would like to visit the Museum again with my family…
Pupil, Bellbrook Public School