The Society was formed at a public meeting held in the Rye Hotel in May 2000.

The Primary School was to be rebuilt elsewhere and the community wanted to save the old building from destruction. However, the new school stayed in the same position, and the Principal and Council offered the Society the old building, which we occupied in 2003.

Since then our collection has grown steadily, a computer program catalogues all items, display cases and panels filled and one corner is set up as a schoolroom. Two books have been published and there are more on the way. The members meet ten times a year with guest speakers and treasure nights.