About Us

The Society meets at “Willandra”, 770 Victoria Road (cnr Willandra Street) Ryde, every month from February to November. Visitors are welcome.

On the second Tuesday of these months, at 7 pm, a variety of speakers talk about local and Australian history. On the second Saturday at 10 am, a meeting is held for those with an interest in family history. The meeting usually has a speaker, a discussion or an excursion to a venue of interest to genealogists.

We have occasional displays at local shopping centres of photos from our extensive photographic collection and books about our local history. Copies of all the items on show are for sale.

The Society publishes a newsletter/journal, The Ryde Recorder, four times a year. It has also published a number of books about our history & heritage.

Excursions to historic sites are organized throughout the year.

Our library and archives are open for use by members between 10am and 3pm Fridays and after the family history meetings on the second Saturday of the month.

We would appreciate help from people interested in historic research to carry out research in such projects as the origin of street names, a study of the early families of Field of Mars and Kissing Point and research into old homes of the City of Ryde. No experience is required, just time to carry out research in various libraries and archives.

The Society is willing to carry out research in its archives. The research will be carried out by volunteer members of the Society. A fee of $20 per hour, plus photocopying at 20 cents per sheet will be charged, payable to the Society. Members have free access to the archives for their research, but photocopying is charged at 20 cents per sheet.

Membership covers Local History Group, Family History Group and Magazine
Annual fees:
Family Membership   $40.00
Individual                   $30.00
Pensioner/Student     $25.00
Magazine Only           $20.00