lest-we-forgetTo commemorate the centennial anniversary of Australia's involvement in World War 1, Kiama Library is proud to present its WW1 project of these brave souls who answered the call.

Learn about their lives, their ambitions and their tragedies.

We invite any contributions from the public to help us enhance this collection.

IMAGE Kiama Post Office
When the first Post Office opened in Kiama on 1st January 1841 there was no official Post Office building, instead, being located in a premises on Michael Hindmarsh’s allotment in Shoalhaven... Read More...

IMAGE Dry stone walls
Dry stone walls are sometimes a prominent feature of the Australian landscape and are found most commonly in our eastern states, the most notable areas being Kiama and Lismore in NSW, the western... Read More...

IMAGE Fry’s Cave, Kiama
Fry’s cave is a deep sea cave, cut into basalt on the coast, south east of Kiama, NSW. It lies south of Kendall’s beach, between Marsden Headland and the Little Blowhole. It is best... Read More...

IMAGE The Great Fire
In the early hours of Sunday morning, 1st October, 1899, a fire broke out that was to be the most extensive and destructive fire that had ever visited the township of Kiama and would change the face... Read More...

IMAGE Kiama Harbour
Kiama Harbour has always been important to the growth and development of the region. The difficulties of overland transport to Kiama meant access from the ocean was a vital link to the rest of... Read More...

IMAGE Leo O'Dwyer's 'Kiama Now & Then'
Leo O'Dwyer, a Dunmore farmer was at one time the publisher of a free local newspaper, the 'Kiama Sentinel'. It was printed in 1932 but ceased after 18 months in 1933. Leo was a local history... Read More...

Upcoming events

my-favourite-place-photo-galleryThank you to all entrants in the My Favourite Place photo competition. The finalists will be announced on the 25th November...
youth-summer-reading-club-2015These Christmas holidays, Kiama Library is celebrating youth, literature and summer with the Summer Reading Club: Youth...
are-you-eager-for-the-reading-clubThe Library's Summer Reading Club - starts at Kiama Library on Monday 15th December. Reading logs will be available at the...
storytime-comes-to-gerringongThe Teddy Bears Picnic @ Gerringong Library created some interest, even though the weather was inclement. Therefore, we...
baby-story-timeSongs, stories, rhymes and lots of fun when you join us for Baby Story Time every third Tuesday of the month (except January...
new-parents-home-library-serviceKiama Library has recognized a need within the community for our fantastic home library service to be offered to new...
like-us-and-we-ll-like-you-backCatch up with the Library as we socialise on the internet Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Google plus Twit with some...
fair-deal-for-public-librariesSupport the Community Funding Campaign in its efforts to increase funding for NSW Public Libraries. Read the facts, sign the...
interested-in-local-historyKiama Library has a great set of resources to assist those interested in the local history of the area as well as students...
kaleidoscope-of-kiamaKiama Library held a very successful exhibition for the Kiama Council 150th anniversary celebrations in August 2009, showing...

Kiama Twits

Local History Images

Bombo Hill Looking South 1950's
Harbour Looking Towards Post Office 1916
Jamberoo Road Scene
Jamberoo Township 1951
Kiama Brighton Hotel view up Terralong St early 1950's
Kiama Grand Hotel circa 1920
Kiama Harbour 1880's
Kiama Landscapes Bombo Quarry 1880's
Kiama New Brighton Hotel 1940's
Post Office 1910's
Post Office Corner 1872 when Market Square

Latest History

fire-services-in-kiamaThe first call for the establishment of a Kiama Fire Brigade was made in 1878. Nothing further was done until 1888, when a...
march-to-freedomThe "Rat-a-tat-tat" of the side drum and the "skirl" of the pipes announced the khaki passengers of the three train on...
kiama-lighthouseFrom the cedar felling days of the 1830s, sea transport had been of major importance to the district. Vessels of all kinds...
boat-harbour-store-gerringong-s-first-post-officeIf so, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it's probably the oldest surviving commercial building in Gerringong....
boat-harbour-poolsThe popular pool we all enjoy at Boat Harbour was actually the second of three pools to be constructed in the...
gerringong-hotelsAlthough the Governor in January 1846, ‘was pleased to declare Jerringong, Kiama and Dapto places at which beer may be...

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Kiama Library

Address: 7 Railway Parade,
Kiama NSW 2533

PO Box 75,
Kiama NSW 2533

T: (02) 4233 1133
F: (02) 4232 2071
E: library @ kiama.nsw.gov.au

Kiama Hours

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 Mon 9.30 - 5.30
 Tue 9.30 - 8.00
 Wed 9.30 - 5.30
 Thu 9.30 - 5.30
 Fri 9.30 - 5.30
 Sat 9.30 - 2.00
 Sun Closed

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Gerringong Library

Address: Fern Street, (Town Hall)
Gerringong NSW 2534

PO Box 75,
Kiama NSW 2533

T: (02) 4234 2302
F: (02) 4232 2071
E: library @ kiama.nsw.gov.au

Gerringong Hours

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 Thu 9.30 - 12.30 :: 1.30 - 4.30