Members Meeting 



Saturday 9 August 2014 

NOTE: This meeting will be at the Willoughby Room, Chatswood Library.

Paul Storm will guide us on a journey from a surprise philatelic hoard of century old correspondence of a family firm established in the Austrian empire, and shifted to here in Sydney in 1909, came an even greater surprise in the accumulated postal items when the principals were interned at Liverpool as aliens with the outbreak of war. A very new and different picture of the home front gradually emerged for me, with even more surprises when evidence made itself apparent that survivors of SMS Emden were interned along with the civilian internees in the camp.

The talk will be accompanied by numerous historic items of this, the Blau family. To augment he coverage several poignant postal items of AIF soldiers will demonstrate aspects of the fronts in the Near East and Europe.

Please book with Paul Storm at 9410 3203 or 0409 926 683


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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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