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An Island of Stories

Bruny Island is the spiritual &  cultural country of the nuenonne people, one of the oldest continuing cultures in the world.


Since the early 1800's people from many other parts of the world have also made their home on Bruny Island


...there are a lot of  stories to tell.


The History Room 

The History Room was established in 1997 as a community resource -providing  a central repository  for the  Bruny History Collection. 


Since  1988, local history research has been ongoing. Sources include  field excursions, member research and oral history from Bruny families.


The History Room is an ideal place to begin your research. Whether you are looking for your family's Bruny roots or historical information on your house or property our records are sure to be of use.

So why not drop in next time you are down.

Open Monday -Saturday 10-2 pm

Variety Bay Site

The Variety Bay Historic Site consists of a complex of three separate but linked areas located on  Murrayfield on North Bruny Island. Murrayfield is private property owned by the Weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation.


The site is managed by Bruny Island Historical Society Inc. on behalf of the Bruny Island community. We appreciate the recognition of the colonial heritage values of the site by the Aboriginal owners of this land. And the access that we have been given  which enable us to work together recording our shared histories.

The Court house

The courthouse, constructed in 1938, was used as a Court of Petty Sessions until the 1970s, and for Council meetings until the Bruny Municipality was amalgamated into the Kingborough Municipality in 1993.


Publications by local authors are available for sale onsite or online.


Our survival depends on your generosity. The annual membership fee is only $10.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Main Rd, Alonnah, Bruny Island, Tasmania, 7150

The Bruny Island Historical Society acknowledges the traditional and original owners of this land, the nuenonne people, who have walked upon and cared for this land for thousands of years. We pay respects to those who have passed before us and acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal community are the custodians of this land. We recognise Tasmanian Aboriginal people were dispossessed of these lands during colonisation. 

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