Local history 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: 9632 9203
Fax: 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.

Friends of Mays Hill Cemetery


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.

Granville Historical Society Inc

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

Meetings: 2pm, fourth Saturdays of February to November, at 8 Carlton Street, Granville in the meeting rooms of the former Granville Library.
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.

Holroyd Family History Group

Postal Address: PO Box 709, Merrylands NSW 2160
Phone: 8854 1672

Meetings: 1pm on the third Monday of each 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: Dorothy 0412 606 644 or Pam 0419 009 190

Meetings: No meetings.
Services: Looking for information on ‘People and Places' of Prospect/Sherwood/Holroyd areas & Cumberland Local Government Area. Research services available. Ring for further information or to make an appointment. 

Parramatta & District Historical Society

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

Meeting Details: 

  • General Meetings – 7.30pm, third Mondays of February to November, at Burnside Gardens Community Centre - 3 Blackwood Place, Oatlands.
  • 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: 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.