About the Historical Society: 
The Lake Macquarie and District Historical Society Inc. was formed on the 13th November 1962. The Society’s principle aim is to record, collect, protect and promote the local history of Lake Macquarie and its surrounds.
The Society has an extensive photograph collection, which can be seen during opening hours or at other times as requested. Some of these date back to the 19th Century. The photographs show the development of the area from then to now.

In 1992 The Lake Macquarie and District Historical Society converted the disused and run down Toronto Railway Station into the Lake Macquarie Heritage Centre. The Centre is open to the public and features various displays, a research library, archive room and other facilities. The Centre is also used for community based fundraising events. The building and its picturesque setting on the foreshore of Lake Macquarie provide a spectacular backdrop for wedding photographers. The railway station is a wonderful tourist and community heritage asset.

Though the Centre is situated in Toronto, the Historical Society gathers historical information from the whole of Lake Macquarie. Therefore, this increases the significance of the Centre beyond its immediate locality.

Acknowledgement of Country
We remember and respect the Ancestors who cared for and nurtured this Country. It is in their footsteps that we travel these lands and waters. Lake Macquarie District Historical Society acknowledges the Awabakal people and Elders past, present and future.


Themed memorabilia, artefacts and photographic displays.

Publications of local history interest.

Local Studies Research.

Newspaper articles on all suburbs.

Morisset Hospital History

Rathmines – Former Flying Boat base history

Toronto’s Railway Heritage

Morisset Hospital Historical Society is a subcommittee of
Lake Macquarie and District Historical Society