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A Cavalcade of History and Fashion Presentation

The Art of Fashion: 1920s Evening Gowns

Sunday 8th October 2017 1:30pm
Wiloughby Unitng Church
10 Clanwiliam St, Wiloughby

Cost: $25
High Tea will follow the presentation

Bookings and tickets: Mary Thom : email:  Phone: 9419 5851


Saturday 12 August 2017

Our speaker will be writer and teacher Elizabeth Butel, whose book Arthur Roberts: a teachers' journey, explores the history of early public education in New South  Wales with particular emphasis on the challenged faced by teachers. Visitors are welcome.

Held at the Willoughby Room, Willoughby City Library at The Concourse, Chatswood commencing at 2pm.

Exhibitions & Events

Our new exhibition at Willoughby Museum for the National Trust Heritage Festival, Artistic Voices, will be opened by Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney on Sunday 23 April at 2pm. Curated by Terry Fogarty, it will showcase some 100 individuals who have contributed to the long and rich heritage of artistic endeavours that reflect the cultural diversity of Willoughby City. Their contributions cover a variety of artistic fields, as artists, architects, actors, writers, playwrights, poets, singers, dancers, musicians, photographers, sculptors, puppeteers, film producers or radio or television personalities. The exhibition will tell the stories of these notables through large panels and smaller profiles of their key achievements, backed by artefacts from our museum collection, both in the main exhibition room and elsewhere at the museum. We look forward to your next visit to the museum to take in this extensive exhibition with the assistance of our guides. The museum will be open from 1pm to 4pm on Thursdays and Sundays for this exhibition from 23 April to the end of May and Sunday afternoons thereafter. 

Adults $6, concession $5, children $3; family $10.

Contact: 02 9410 3203 or



General Meetings are held at the Willoughby Room, Willoughby City Library at The Concourse, commencing at  on the second Saturday of even months (except December). 


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The Willoughby Incinerator following its extensive
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The Willoughby District Historical Society(WDHS) Inc. was established in February 1974 to encourage the study and appreciation of the history of the Municipality of Willoughby.

The Willoughby local government area (LGA) is located on Sydney's Lower North Shore with the regional centre of Chatswood at its heart. Details of the Willoughby LGA (now the City of Willoughby) are provided on the Willoughby History & Heritage page.

Our mission is to research and conserve the rich tapestry of Willoughby's past. Our volunteers maintain local history records, study Willoughby's social, cultural and industrial history, organise exhibitions and tours so that others can understand and appreciate the community's past.

The Willoughby Museum is located in the 1913 Federation cottage, Boronia, located at 58 Johnson Street in Chatswood. It explores the economic, social and environmental history of Willoughby City through permanent and temporary exhibitions. Meetings featuring speakers on historical subjects are held at 2.00pm on the second Saturday of alternate months from February.


Phone: (02) 9410 3203 - Email:


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