Historical Publications

Willoughby History Publications

Willoughby City Library has a range of fascinating local historical publications available for sale or online. These include the stunning 'Pictorial History' of Willoughby that celebrates the 150th anniversary of Willoughby City Council.

Discover the history behind the people, places and events that have shaped Willoughby; the civic, suburban and Indigenous history of the area.

Publications for sale

Purchase your copy today from your local Willoughby City Library branch.

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Pictorial History Willoughby
by Bob McKillop


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Willoughby Centenary: the first hundred years DVD
The DVD includes a short history of Willoughby Municipality
and the 1965 Centenary festivities – arrival of steam train at
Chatswood Station, Speeches, Parade and Banquet.


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Postcards of Willoughby

Keep the art of writing and send a postcard! 
You can purchase postcards featuring
five historical images of the local area that feature in our Picture Willoughby database.

Postcards are $1 each or buy the set of five for only $4.


Publications available online

Download your free copy today.



Willoughby's Fifty Years
by Claude Leplastrier



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Bo-ra-ne Ya-goo-na Par-ry-boo-go. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: An Aboriginal History of Willoughby
by Jessica Currie



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Willoughby: A centenary history, 1865-1965
by Eric Russell


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by Willoughby Municipal Council




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The Good Old Days. Reminiscences of early Chatswood and Willoughby
by Valmai Phillips (ed)



Willoughby Bicentennial History Series

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Artarmon: past, present and future 
by Grace Warner

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The development of Castle Cove and Middle Cove
by Esther Leslie

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The suburb of Castlecrag: a community history
by Esther Leslie


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The heritage of East Chatswood
by Vince Egan


The Naremburn story
by Eric Wilsch
The suburb of Northbridge: a community history 
by Esther Leslie

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The West Ward
by Nancy Booker; Ida Bennett


Willoughby: the suburb and its people
by Esther Leslie & Jean Michaelides