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Welcome to Onslow Historical Society!

The Onslow Historical Society Inc was established in 1968. Founder President, the late R.J.(Bob)  Meyer of Johnsonville, persuaded friends and historically minded people in the district to join with him to create a group dedicated to acknowledging local heritage and history. Over 50 years we built membership to around 300, in our golden years, and have researched, recorded, conserved and promoted our local stories and major historical events. We have supported restoration projects, the registration of significant buildings, created a publishing programme and built a large and significant community archive.

Our Next Event

Future Plans:

Wellington subdivision advertising bills from the early 20th century

A talk by Gábor Tóth, Local & NZ History Specialist at Wellington City Libraries 

Thursday 2 May 7:15 pm for 7:30pm at KATE Onslow Historical Centre.

RSVP: email


The front façade of the Khandallah Automatic Telephone Exchange, 86 Khandallah Road, Wellington, 2015. It is the second oldest Exchange, of its type, to have survived in New Zealand and is now a Heritage NZ registered building. It was designed by Government architect, J. Campbell in 1918. The American Western Electric Company rotary automatic equipment was installed in June 1922. Khandallah resident, J. N. Wallace was the project engineer.

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