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Now and Then is a community heritage wiki website created and maintained by the people of Willunga, South Australia. You are welcome to join and share your knowledge, memories and stories of Willunga. Create your account and join in today!

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Click the colored pins on this interactive map to find stories in this wiki. Blue pins mark places. Green pins mark organisations. Red pins mark events. Try zooming in or out, shifting the view to see more, or switch between the map or satellite view.

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This wiki is just starting out and we need your help! We are conducting regular meetings and training sessions at the Willunga Digital Hub, corner St Peters Tce & Main Rd. All welcome! For more information email

The Wiki and its associated Willunga Walks Mobile App were publicly launched by Jamie Briggs MP in November 2014, as part of Willunga’s 175th birthday celebrations. During 2014 the Willunga 175 Committee supported a range of birthday activities and special events to reflect Willunga’s rich history and present-day diversity.

Willunga Railway Centenary - Share your Willunga history stories

We are interested in hearing what you know about Willunga. This year is the centenary of the opening of the Adelaide to Willunga Railway, and we will be celebrating during May, History Month.

Railway Station Willunga, ca 1920
Railway Station Willunga, ca 1920

We welcome contributions of stories, photographs and other memorabilia. Contact us by

Railway Station, Station Road
Railway Station, Station Road

Can we help you?

The Willunga Branch of the National Trust holds a unique archive of Willunga's local history. Our Research Room is open to researchers from 1-4 pm on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and most public holidays. Hot weather policy applies. Phone 08 8556 2195 to check opening times. We welcome enquiries from family historians and other researchers. Please contact us by email willunganationaltrust@gmail.comand we will try to help.

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Willunga House, 1 St Peters Tce, c 1900.
Willunga House, 1 St Peters Tce, c 1900.

Willunga House , c 1980s
Willunga House , c 1980s

Willunga House was Henry Malpas' home. Henry Malpas

Willunga Walks mobile app now available

Discover Willunga's remarkable heritage with the new Willunga Walks mobile app now available for iphone, ipad and Android devices from the Google Play and iTunes App stores. Download the app and take a self-guided trail to explore dozens of interesting places at your own pace.

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Visit the Old Court House and Slate Museum

Open Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and most public holidays at 61 High St, Willunga - 1.00pm to 4.00pm. On the 2nd Saturday of each month - 11am to 4pm. Other times and group visits by appointment. Closed on Tuesdays during winter (June, July, August).

Court House, Willunga 1980s
Court House, Willunga 1980s

Interior Slate Museum
Interior Slate Museum

Willunga Slate

Visit the Bassett Boys' Schoolroom

Bassett Boys Schoolroom, Willunga, c. 1865.
Bassett Boys Schoolroom, Willunga, c. 1865.

In 1862 James Bailey Bassett opened the Bassett Boys' Schoolroom in St Luke's Street in Willunga. Willunga National Trust hosts excursions where school students dress up in historical clothing and take lessons, complete with writing slates, chalk and quill pens to experience what school life was like during the 19th Century. Enquiries (08) 85562195

The National Trust in partnership with the Willunga Primary School and the Department for Education and Child Development has developed a new video-based program at the Bassett School House. Find out more on the NBN Co blog

Old Willunga Faux Klore 'Three Pubs' and 'The Water Tower'

Videos from Cinemallunga showing old locations with a new twist. Old Willunga Faux Klore takes you into the heart of some of Willunga's forgotten stories. The Water Tower Three Pubs

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