General Meeting

Saturday 13 August

Henry Parkes 

The Man Behind the Beard

Ian Thom, Great Great Grandson of Sir Henry Parkes and Chairman of the Henry Parkes Foundation will be telling us about the early life and struggle his famous ancestor had to overcome on his way from poor beginnings in Coventry to becoming five times Premier of NSW.

Ian will bring some personal items of Henry's to display including a lock of his famous white hair.


Upcoming Events

Saturday 3 September

'Meccano Day' at the Museum, 




Sunday 11th September

Opening of

Word on the Street Exhibition

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays 
1 PM - 4 PM

Current Exhibition 

Finishes at the end of August


Rediscovering Willoughby's Rural Legacy

This exhibition focuses on the Chinese market gardeners who operated in the municipality from the 1870s. The exhibition features a map of the known Chinese market gardens, the tools they used and recollections from the past of the interaction between European residents and their Chinese neighbours, backed by photographs from the era.

The evolution of food styles and eating habits from the 1870s to the multi-cultural world of Willoughby City today are also explored in the displays.

The exhibition will be open every Sunday from 1 - 4 PM at the Museum (58 Johnson Street, Chatswood between the 17th April to 29th May 2016 (Other times by appointment)

Admission: $5.00, $4.00 Concession or $10.00 per family.

Contact: 02 9410 3203 or



13 August

8 October

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
restoration in March 2011. RF McKillop photo

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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