The Brighton Historical Society artefacts and ephemera are yet to be catalogued. They range from the bizarre (an oddly shaped hand-knitted object made by the Lovely Learned Luscious Ladies of Brighton) to the beautiful – a skeleton clock which was a wedding gift to the architect Alfred L. Smith in 1864.

Not all of our artefacts can be displayed due to lack of space, but if you come and visit you will see our display cabinets are crammed with plenty to see and study.

Henry Boxshall on the Boxshall Stool Boxshall stool 1842. Made from a tree cut near New and Bay Streets in Brighton by James Boxshall and donated by Henry Boxshall, the great grandson of James.

Hand carved corbel from Norwood. An ornately carved corbel from a newel post in the mansion Norwood, demolished in 1955.


Pulpit, hand carved. Made by W. S. Maling of Canterbury and hand-carved by Beatrice Cumbrae-Stewart this pulpit, a Litany Desk and Baptismal Font Cover were donated by St Peter’s Anglican Church, Were Street, Brighton Beach.


‘Valuables’ box. A lacquered box containing documents written in Chinese which also acted as a pillow at night. Found at Lewis Street, Brighton North, at a property previously owned by a Chinese gardener.

Aboriginal Artefacts

Aboriginal artefacts stored on our shelves for years and mostly collected from local beaches by our founder Wallace Landells, have recently been photographed and documented by archaeologists from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

The Department are registering these artefacts and officially recording what we have and where they are stored.

Once this process is complete we will consult with local indigenous groups to seek permission to display the artefacts so we can provide the community with permanent access to the history and lifestyle of Bayside’s original inhabitants.