Local History

Hornsby Library has a vast collection of information and resources on the history of the Shire.

Local history

What does the collection contain?

  • 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;
  • 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 100 years;
  • 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 that show the way the area has changed over time.

How can this material be accessed?

It is located in the Local History Collection at Hornsby Library. It is a reference collection and its resources cannot be borrowed, though some of the books are also available in the borrowing section of the library.

Some of the material is fragile and needs to be viewed under the supervision of Local Studies staff.

Is there information on family history?

Yes, there is an entire Family History Reference Collection in the Local Studies Reading Room. It includes handbooks, reference works and historical records on CD-ROM, microfiche, and microfilm.

You can find out more by checking out the Family History section of our website.

Is assistance available?

Yes, our Local Studies staff are always happy to help with your research during office hours Monday to Friday. To make an appointment phone 9847 6807.