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Sutherland Shire – More than just the birthplace of modern Australia

Sutherland Shire is more than the birthplace of modern Australia. Come and see physical evidence of First Nations possession, the arrival of Lt Cook on the 'HM Endeavour' and how the Shire developed from a rural backwater to a thriving modern metropolis.

On Saturday, 20th April, catch the hop-on hop-off Vintage Bus to Sutherland Shire Museum at 88 Venetia St, Sylvania and

  • marvel at our unique collection of local Aboriginal artefacts
  • see and touch actual ballast from James Cook’s ‘Endeavour’ which landed in Kurnell in 1770
  • take a photo holding a Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch with the Olympic Community Cauldron
  • kids – solve the puzzles on ‘Time Traveller Trail’ to discover the Shire’s heritage, and under 5s climb on the 1920s Menai farm cart
  • follow the post World War II development of the Shire from a rural backwater to a sophisticated developed metropolis

Then at 1.30pm go to the Stapleton Centre at 3A Stapleton St, Sutherland and listen to author and historian, Douglas Newton discuss insights into his book, ‘Private Ryan and the Lost Peace’ – the story of a boy from Broken Hill who rebelled against the first World War and was eventually court-martialed.

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88 Venetia Street, Sylvania, New South Wales

A hop-on-hop-off Vintage Bus from the Tramway Museum at Sutherland will leave every hour to drop you off at the Museum and pick you up an hour later. There is also street parking outside the Museum.

For Douglas Newton's discussion of his book, 'Private Ryan and the Lost Peace' (2021), go to the Stapleton Centre at 3A Stapleton Street, Sutherland, an easy walk from the train station and around the corner from Sutherland Library.


Saturday, 20th April from 9am to 3.30 pm at Sutherland Shire Museum
Saturday, 20th April from 1.30pm to 3.00pm for author, Douglas Newton on his 2021 book, 'Private Ryan and the Lost Peace', at 3A Stapleton Street, Sutherland

Entry fees:
Adults $ 5, Children $ -5
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Limited street parking at both 88 Venetia Street, Sylvania and 3A Stapleton Street, Sutherland