Local History

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Ku-ring-gai Library has a large Local History collection of materials relating to the history of the local area. The collection is housed at Gordon Library. Some general resource materials are available to view in the reference area of the library during opening hours and other material is viewable by appointment.

To search the Local History collection please visit the Library Catalogue page 

For more information or assistance contact localhistory@kmc.nsw.gov.au or 9424 0120

Click below to find out more about our Local History services.

Collection resources

The Local History Collection consists of thousands of items including but not limited to:

  • Books 
  • Local newspapers/periodicals
  • Oral histories
  • Research files
  • Maps and plans
  • Council minutes and reports
  • Archival material from local organisations
  • Photographs
  • Historical property records

To search the collection please visit the Library Catalogue 

For assistance with your research or to book an appointment contact: localhistory@kmc.nsw.gov.au or 9424 0120.

Family history

Ku-ring-gai Library has a number of family history resources that can assist you in your research including research guides, shipping records, electoral rolls and other resources with a focus on NSW. The Family & House Reference collection is based at Gordon Library and available for use during the library’s opening hours. 

Ku-ring-gai Library also provides library members with free access to family history databases Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past. These databases are accessible within the library on the public access computers. 

Please note: Until 31 December 2021 Ancestry Library is available to access remotely from home.

  • Log into the library catalogue with your Ku-ring-gai Library Membership details.
  • Once logged in look to the menus on the left-hand side of the screen. 
  • Under the ‘About Us’ menu there will be a link to ‘Ancestry remote access’.

Please note: Until 18 November 2021 Find My Past is available to access remotely from home. Remote access will also include British Newspaper Archive:  You must be a member to access these links.  Not a member - join online.

  • Log into the library catalogue with your Ku-ring-gai Library Membership details.
  • Once logged in look to the menus on the left hand side of the screen.
  • Under the ‘About Us’ menu there will be a link to 'Find My Past' along with a Username and Password.
  • Click the link and login to Find My Past with the Username and Password.

For more information on the library’s family history resources or assistance in beginning your research please contact localhistory@kmc.nsw.gov.au or 9424 0120.


Ku-ring-gai Library welcomes donations of materials unique to the history of the local area for the Local History Collection. Please note items for donation will be assessed in accordance with our collection development criteria, donations that do not meet the criteria may not be accepted.

Please contact the Local History staff if you are interested in making a donation: localhistory@kmc.nsw.gov.au  or 9424 0120

Amplify - oral histories

Ku-ring-gai Library holds a collection of oral history interviews conducted with local residents to capture their memories and experiences of Ku-ring-gai. The interviews were recorded in the 1980s-1990s on cassette tape and have now been digitised to preserve them for future generations.

A selection of these interviews are now available on the Amplify platform run by the State Library of NSW. Amplify allows members of the community to assist in the transcription of oral history interviews online. The platform provides a machine generated transcript which volunteers can then text-correct as they listen to the interview.

We are now seeking interested community members who would like to assist transcribing these interviews from the comfort of their own home. To participate please follow the links below.

Amplify Ku-ring-gai 

How to use Amplify - tutorial 

This project is being run in partnership with the State Library of NSW. If you have any questions please contact the Local History Team







Local History puzzles

Using some wonderful historical photographs from the Ku-ring-gai Library Local History Collection we have created a collection of online puzzles that you can access from home via the website Jigsaw Planet. We’ve created puzzles for range of ages so please take a moment to enjoy a puzzle and help us piece together our local history.

Ku-ring-gai Library puzzle page on Jigsaw Planet

Junior puzzles