Lady Denman Heritage Complex
The Lady Denman Heritage Complex currently holds the 2006 NSW Tourism Award for Heritage & Cultural Tourism and the 2007 South Coast Award for Aboriginal, Heritage & Cultural Tourism. The Lady Denman is located on Jervis Bay, on the outskirts of the village of Huskisson - approximately 30 minutes south of Nowra, on the South Coast of NSW. The landscaped four hectare Complex grounds include Maritime Museum, tidal fish reserve, mangrove boardwalk, native wildflower and wetland habitat gardens - and a very fine stand of spotted gum. The NSW heritage listed Lady Denman ferry, built in Huskisson and after which the Complex is named, is now located inside the Maritime Museum. Permanent exhibitions are located in the Jervis Bay History, Surveyor's and Science & the Sea Galleries and include one of the world's finest collections of surveying and navigational instruments. There is a continuous programme of visiting art & heritage related exhibitions - the temporary exhibition gallery is home base for Jervis Bay & Basin Arts and the fabulous biennial See Change Arts Festival. The Lady Denman Museum Shop is a specialist resource for books related to the museum's themes, and a treasure trove for nautically themed collectibles, gifts & toys. Timbery's Aboriginal Gallery, run by Bidjigal elder, Laddie Timbery, has been a feature of the museum since its inception. Laddie tells the story of how his mob saw Jimmy Cook coming through the Heads, demonstrates his family's traditional craft of burning in and sells a wide range of locally made indigenous craftwork, including the famous shellwork Harbour Bridges made by Aunty Esme Timbery. The Lady Denman offers guided tours for groups, educational services and research, hire of space for meetings or events with limited catering by arrangement.
In addition to artefacts and information relating to the ferry, the Lady Denman Museum displays, and is actively collecting and researching, material relating to the history of the Jervis Bay region. The museum also houses the world class Halloran Collection of maritime and surveying equipment and other collectibles. Many of these items are on display in the Surveyors' Gallery and the Museum of Science and the Sea.