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Fragments of Time: the lives and works of Willunga Slate Carvers

If you have ancestors who lived in Willunga, if you enjoy reading history, if you are interested in Willunga's slate industry, think about buying "Fragments of Time: the lives and works of Willunga slate carvers" to distract you from the world's woes. Lose yourself in the 19th century instead. Proceeds go to the Willunga Branch of the National Trust. Order now at Openbook Howden (which is still open).

Fragments of Time Book Cover
Fragments of Time Book Cover

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Willunga Slate

Contact Willunga National Trust

61 High St, Willunga SA 5172

Phone: (08) 8556 2195


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Willunga Walks mobile app

Discover Willunga's remarkable heritage with the Willunga Walks mobile app 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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Willunga Courthouse and Slate Museums

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Star of Greece Shipwreck This page will keep you informed of events, information and news concerning the Star of Greece Shipwreck. 2020 is the 132nd anniversary of the disaster.

Courthouse and Slate Museums (temporarily closed)

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

Industry, Law and Order in a 19th Century Community. 
Explore our permanent exhibitions to learn the story of Willunga’s slate industry since 1840 as shown throughout our Slate Museum. Gain insight into our social history, especially relating to Law and Order, as shown through our Courthouse Museum: Family history material is available. Download Willunga Walks app to explore historic Willunga.

Bassett Boys' Schoolroom (temporarily closed)

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

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The Willunga Branch of the National Trust holds a unique archive of Willunga's local history which is accessible during museum opening hours. We welcome enquiries from family historians and other researchers.

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