Joining a Local Historical Society

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There is a rich heritage awaiting you when attending a meeting of a historical society. Get to know some of the stories of early Sydney and where you live. A guest speaker offers insight into an aspect of history and the societies produce well-researched literature which you can add to your library. If you are seeking your family genealogy there are usually society members willing to assist.

Dharug & Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society Inc.

Postal address: The Secretary, c/o Post Office Wisemans Ferry NSW 2775


General Meeting on last Saturday of the month at the Chapel at Gunderman, 12km from Wisemans Ferry crossing on the road to Spencer. A luncheon at noon then guest speaker and on alternate month a field expedition to historic sites.

Hills District Historical Society Inc.

Postal address: The Secretary, PO Box 48, Castle Hill NSW 1765


General meeting, Hopetoun Leisure Centre, David Road, Castle Hill, third Monday of month, at 7.30pm.

Hills District Historical Society Museum, cnr Showground & Windsor Roads Castle Hill OPEN second Saturday of month 10am to 4pm.

Parramatta & District Historical Society Inc.

Postal address: The Secretary, PO Box 1384, Parramatta NSW 2124

Web site: http//

General Meeting on third Wednesday of month at 7.30pm at Macarthur Girls’ High School, (Staff Common Room) Macarthur Street, Parramatta..(enter from Stewart Street)

Family History Group meets on first Saturday of month at 1.30pm at Hambledon Coach House, 63 Hassall Street, (corner Gregory Place) Parramatta

Society Library and Research Centre at Hambledon Cottage is open most Tuesdays.

Phone Librarian 9896 3321 before 9am to check opening times.

HAMBLEDON COTTAGE is open to the public Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 4pm

Historical Societies do not meet in December and January.

Trevor Patrick is a local historian of the north-west of Sydney, Australia. His latest book, In Search of the Pennant Hills, recounts some of these stories (and others) in more detail.