History groups and societies

If you are researching the history of the Cumberland area, the list of historical societies and groups below will provide you with valuable contacts.
Historical society in cemetary

Groups and societies to join

Friends of Linwood Inc

Postal Address: PO Box 361, Merrylands NSW 2160
Phone: 02 9632 9203
Fax: 02 9788 1274

Meetings: Public Meetings – 2pm, second Sunday of February, April, June, August (and AGM), October and December, at Linnwood, 25 Byron Road, Guildford.
Services: Open House – 11am, second Sunday of March, July, September, November, and third Sunday in May, at Linnwood.

The house is available for special functions, photo shoots, garden weddings and tours. It is also available for hire to community groups.

The Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery

Postal Address: 2 Hilltop Road, Merrylands NSW 2160
Phone: 02 9635 0796

Meetings: 1pm, third Saturday of every second month (February, April, June, August, October and December), Jones Park Hall, Burnett Street, Merrylands.
Services: Tours and research.

History of Guildford 2161 Project

Postal Address: PO Box 73, Guildford NSW 2161
Phone: 02 9632 2824
Fax: 02 9632 2824

Holroyd Family History Group Inc

Postal Address: PO Box 709, Merrylands NSW 2160
Phone: 02 8812 7985

Meetings: 9.30am, 3rd Mondays of month (excluding January), Multipurpose Room, second floor, Merrylands Library, corner Miller and Newman Streets, Merrylands.
Services: Volunteer service, helping general public research their family history – 10am to 12pm, second Monday of the month (excluding January). Held in Tony Maston Room, Merrylands Central Library.

Holroyd Local History Research

Postal Address: PO Box 361, Merrylands NSW 2160
Phone: 02 9635 0796 or 02 9632 9203
Fax: 02 9788 1274

Meetings: No meetings.
Services: Helping individuals who are collecting historical photos or stories of people/families/ businesses/places of the Holroyd and the surrounding area.

Scottish House – Australian Scottish Cultural and Information Centre

Postal Address: PO Box 1065, Guildford NSW 2161
Phone: 02 9681 7705

Meetings: Open 10am to 3pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Services: Scottish House is a cultural and information centre that fosters and encourages interest in all matters relating to Scottish culture and traditions.

  • Advises and assists the wider community on all Scottish activities.
  • Collects, collates and stores Scottish archival materials, particularly in relation to Scottish activities in Australia.
  • Provides family ancestry assistance.
  • ‘Sangsters’ singers group and ‘Blether’ talk and chat are held first Thursday of the month, 11am.
  • 145 voting members.
  • Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 10am to 3pm. By arrangement for other times.

Blacktown and District Historical Society Inc

Postal Address: PO Box 500, Blacktown NSW 2148
Phone: 02 9622 8309

Meetings: 7.30pm, 1st Mondays of month, at Blacktown West Primary School, Lancaster Street, Blacktown (including guest speaker and supper).
Services: Members’ monthly newsletter and quarterly journal, 5 excursions per year, and research for a fee available to the public.

Fairfield Old Timers

Postal Address:PO Box 2464, Smithfield NSW 2164
Phone: 02 9609 3993
Fax: 02 9757 4357

Meetings: 2pm to 4pm, fourth Sundays of February to November, at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Corner of The Horsley Drive and Oxford Street, Smithfield
Services: Looking at local history through group discussions. Topics cover life memories of growing up and living or working in the Fairfield Local Government Area

Granville Historical Society Inc

Postal Address: PO Box 320, Granville NSW 2142
Phone: 02 9631 0216 or 02 9637 2753

Meetings: 2pm, fourth Saturdays of February to November, at 62 Railway Parade, Granville.
Services: A research Centre for local and Australian history.

  • Assists the community, students and members with research and computer skills.

  • PowerPoint presentations to schools and other organisations.

  • Production of history-focused DVDs and talking books for vision impaired or dyslexic people.

  • Research of local history and consistent updates to our digital collection – accessible by database and the website.

  • The society holds over 5,000 photographs and this collection is updated weekly.

Mount Druitt Historical Society

Postal Address: PO Box 3055, Mount Druitt Village NSW 2770
Phone: Secretary, Sandra Lee: 9864 0517. Or President, Hazel Magann: 9628 1598
Meetings: Society meets first Monday of every month (excluding January and December).

Services: To teach the history of our districts and educate the schools in the local area.

Parramatta & District Historical Society

Postal Address: PO Box 1384, Parramatta NSW 2124
Phone: 02 9635 6924
Fax: 02 9635-6924

Meeting Details: 

  • General Meetings – 7.30pm, third Wednesdays of February to November, at Burnside Public School Hall, 1 Masons Drive, North Parramatta.
  • Family History Meetings – 1.30pm, first Saturdays of February to November, at the Coach House, Hambledon Cottage, Corner Hassall Street & Gregory Place, Parramatta.


  • For members – Monthly newsletters, monthly guest speakers, family history, monthly tours, discounts on Society publications, use of the Society’s reference library, free admission to Hambledon Cottage house museum, training opportunities for guiding at Hambledon Cottage house museum.

For the community at a small fee – Guided tours of Hambledon Cottage house museum, research services for local and family history, purchase of publications about Parramatta and the local district, participation in historical events and celebrations.

The Prospect Heritage Trust Inc

Postal Address: PO Box 315, Blacktown NSW 2148
Phone: 02 9621 8225

Meetings: 10.30am, second Sundays February to December, except May first Sunday, Prospect History Cottage, entrance road to Prospect Reservoir, Reservoir Road, Prospect.
Services: Monthly meetings with guest speaker, monthly newsletter, excursions, local history museum, library, research files, St Bartholomew’s cemetery transcription records.

Toongabbie & District Historical Society Inc

Postal Address: PO Box 21, Toongabbie NSW 2146
Phone: 02 9636 1905

Meeting Details: 7.30pm, fourth Wednesday of March, May, July, September and November, at Constitution Hill Library, Hollis Street, Constitution Hill
Services: Newsletter 5 – 6 times a year, guest speakers at all meetings, once a year a weekend bus trip visiting historical sites and other Societies.