The inaugural meeting of the Society on 5th June 1973 was attended by about eighty members.
The Society had four main objectives, namely:
- to promote the study and recording of the history of the area in all its aspects
- to foster interest in research and field work
- to publish, from time to time, the findings of the Society or of any member, or any other material aiding the attainment of the above
- to acquire, preserve, borrow and display, where appropriate, archives, artefacts and other objects of interest for educational purposes or the interest of the public