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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
on Gadigal Country

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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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Mr Deloitte’s Orchid House, Wyoming, Snails Bay (Birchgrove)

This rare structure from the late 19th century has been one of the subjects of examination recently by a Sub- Committee for Vernacular Architecture for the International Council on Monuments and Sites. The restoration from its derelict condition post 1990s when the owners purchased the…

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Exhibitions and Watch House opening hours

Art exhibitions are held at the Watch House most weekends of the year.  Information about upcoming and recent exhibitions may be found in the schedule below.

The Watch House is open for visits during art exhibitions, usually 10am to 5pm most weekends, but check below as times sometimes vary.

For visits and history enquiries, the Watch House is open and staffed by a volunteer from the Balmain Association on Saturdays, 11.30am to 3pm. The archives committee also attends on Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm.

For hiring the Exhibition Space, including remaining dates available for 2024, please email
Hiring information can be found here