The Hills District Historical Society was formed in July, 1967. Its first President was Councillor Fred Caterson and its first Secretary was Bob Martin. These two early pioneers of the Society had discussed the need for a local historical society and were the ones who launched the new Society. They were concerned about the loss of historic buildings and the need to preserve the built and written heritage of the local area.
In 1974, a Museum was established in the basement of the former RSL Club/Castle Hill Community Centre. (opposite Castle Towers Shopping Centre) The Museum remained there for around 30 years. When the Community Centre was demolished, the Museum was closed until a new location and facilities could be found.
The Museum opened its doors to the public in March, 2007 at The Powerhouse Discovery Centre, Castle Hill.
After searching for more suitable premises, the Society celebrated the opening of their new home in November 2010 at Building 10, The William Thompson Masonic School, Balcombe Heights Estate, Baulkham Hills.
The Museum houses a wonderful collection of artefacts displayed thematically, that tell the story of what early life was like for people living in the Hills District. The Museum’s resources include and extensive photographic collection, library books and facilities for research. A comprehensive collection of files on a range of topics covers people, places and events that are historically important to the Shire.
$10.00 for up to 2 hours (on Museum open days )
Research and photograph copies $50 per hour for commercial purposes ... special tasks by negotiation.
Members family research ... Free
Some of the activities of Society members over the years include:
* Attending monthly General meetings with guest speakers on
* Attending monthly Committee meetings,
* Being speakers for other groups,
* Organising and attending tours of the local area and other historic
Locations in NSW,
* Arranging displays in shopping centres and for special events such
as Australia Day, Castle Hill Show, Orange Blossom Festival,
Castle Hill Rebellion in Heritage Park,
* Bella Vista Open Days,
* Operating the Museum on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month between 12pm and 4pm as well as organising
special visits for schools and community groups.