Delve Into Our Research Library and Archives

Are you interested in local history? Do you want to know the history of your house in the Willunga District? Perhaps your family came from the Willunga District in the past?

Our library and archives are open to the public for research by appointment. You can view the precise handwriting of our first historian, May DeCaux, who painstakingly noted the genealogical information of our pioneer families. The subsequent collection of books, articles, and research about the Willunga District, including McLaren Vale, Aldinga, Whites Valley, Port Willunga and Sellicks Beach/Hill, has supplemented and expanded May’s work. Many of our resources are indexed and catalogued so that we can find them easily.

You can see a selection of our historical photographs on Flickr or request a search of our full collection of several thousand images. You can see biographies of people, places and past events on Willunga District Chronicles: History, People, and Places. Do you have historic photographs or documents that could be added to our collection? If so, we would love you to contact us.

Engage with our research library and archives. Schedule an appointment, and a volunteer will help you in your search, or we can undertake research for you on a fee-for-service basis.

Embrace the fascinating history of the Willunga District. Become a volunteer or donor and help us add to our story.

A vintage map of Willunga National Trust.


It was great to read and see items from the early days, and imagine what it must have been like. Australia is great to learn about.

Rebecca Hilman

Beautiful historic building & friendly volunteers.

Kerry Edwards

Thank you seems inadequate. Our daughters wedding on Saturday 16th December was beautiful. The work, effort and care put in by the museum staff was above and beyond. We could not have asked for better. Everyone had a wonderful time and will remember it for many years to come. The set up was beautiful and efficient, whilst being flexible to the needs and wishes of the bride and groom. The setting was idyllic, peaceful and stunning. Thank you so much.

Renny Goodwin

Educational and good value for history buffs. Beautiful, old local stone buildings as can be seen in much of the Willunga area. Local volunteers are very helpful and can provide much info about the area including the shipwreck history, Star of Greece, at Port Willunga. You might even be lucky to visit when there is a walk and explanation by one of the volunteers. Very pleasant grounds complete the experience.


Friendly staff and 2 interesting displays (courthouse n slate museum). Lovely setting.

Henry Monshall

My wife and I got married here over the weekend, nothing was ever too difficult for Judith and her team. They bent over backwards to make sure our day was as special as it could be and we had an incredible ceremony on the lawns of the historic courthouse. We would highly recommend this place if you are considering it for a wedding. We would like to give a massive thanks once again to Judith.

Nick Stone

Very historic and well maintained heritage site.

Good for kids and a must see for willunga visitors. Go for a picnic.

Mick M

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