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The Balmain Association represents Balmain, Birchgrove and Rozelle communities. It was formed in November 1965 by a handful of residents who wished to preserve the best of the suburbs’ history, architecture and natural beauty and aims to:

  • Improve the living, working and recreational amenities of our area;
  • Maintain all features having natural, architectural and or historical value of the area and keep a permanent collection of historical interest;
  • Seek the cooperation of everyone concerned in the realisation of the above.

We are located at
The Watch House
179 Darling St Balmain NSW

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Research and Resources

The Balmain Association has a range of historical records and archives located at the Balmain Watch House. The following pages contain Research Resources, our Catalog of Archives, Family Histories, a list of Balmain Personalities and a list of the Balmain Association Newsletters from 1966 to…

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Australia’s favourite boy on the loose in the streets of Balmain!

Ginger Meggs, “Australia’s favourite boy”, and his twin brother, Bluey, are the heroes in a 1925 silent movie, “Those Terrible Twins, Ginger Meggs and Bluey”, restored by the National Film and Sound Archive, and made freely available on YouTube Aside from its entertainment value, the…

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Watch House Open

STOP PRESS:  2023 Booking

The weekends 5, 6 and 12, 13 August 2023 are available for hire

Contact Bookings below if you are interested.

The Watch House will be open on Saturdays 11.30am to 3pm by a committee member.

Information about current exhibitions is on the Exhibitions Page.

Information about hiring is available on our Contact Page or email Bookings

Now taking bookings for 2024.

Interested exhibitors should submit three preferred dates to Bookings.


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