Local History


Hornsby Shire Library & Information Service
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The Local History Collection at Hornsby Shire Library provides information about the whole of Hornsby Shire from Epping to Wisemans Ferry, from Dural to Brooklyn. This includes material on the history of the Shire’s community, geography, and natural environment.

The Collection is located at the Local Studies Reading Room at Hornsby Library. It is a reference collection and its resources cannot be borrowed, but some of the books are also available in the borrowing section.

Access is also provided to community and council archives and other items of a fragile nature under the supervision of the Local Studies staff.

Local Studies staff are available to assist with your enquiries Monday to Friday. To make an appointment, please call the local studies staff on 9847 6807.

Resources in the Local History Collection include:

  • Books covering a range of local topics

  • Newspapers, periodicals, and newsletters published locally

  • Pamphlet files on a number of subjects, containing clippings from local newspapers, brochures, and other material

  • Maps and plans on a miscellaneous range of subjects, including local subdivisions, early parish maps, and local projects

  • Council reports on environmental, planning and administration issues from all sections of Hornsby Shire Council

  • Archives, including annual reports, newsletters, minutes, and letters, donated by local organisations such as schools, sporting clubs, and community associations

  • Microfilm resources including local newspapers, Council Rate Books, phonebooks, and the Sands street directory going back a century

  • Street and Place Name Database which gives historical origins of local streets and localities in the Shire

  • Photographs and prints of locations around the Shire, including Epping, Hornsby, and the Hawkesbury River, which show the way the area has changed over time

  • The Library also provides a Family History Reference Collection which is adjacent to the Local Studies Reading Room. This Collection includes handbooks, reference works, and historical records on CD-ROM, microfiche, and microfilm

The Library also provides a Family History Reference Collection which is adjacent to the Local Studies Reading Room. This Collection includes handbooks, reference works, and historical records on CD-ROM, microfiche, and microfilm.