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IMAGE Pilot’s cottage
With the departure in 1978 of AW Triffit, the last pilot to live there, the Kiama Pilot’s Cottage was left vacant until the Kiama and District Historical Society took over the cottage as its... Read More...

IMAGE Kiama Lighthouse
From the cedar felling days of the 1830s, sea transport had been of major importance to the district. Vessels of all kinds sheltered in the bay to load timber then wheat and dairy produce, and later... Read More...

IMAGE Robert Hoddle
In 1830 the plan was to open up a route from the lush pastures in the Southern Highlands to Kiama Harbour, to enable a faster route for produce to be shipped to Sydney and to avoid the slow overland... Read More...

IMAGE Debutante Balls
Debutante balls were a regular occurrence throughout Australia and were held by the churches and other local organisations, along with the other balls and dances that made up the social calendar of... Read More...

IMAGE Red cedar
Red cedar (Toona ciliata) was known as red gold amongst the first Europeans who ventured into the Illawarra and Shoalhaven districts. In the early days of the new colony of NSW it was important to... Read More...

IMAGE Man crosses blowhole on tightrope
What was the most interesting thing you saw in Kiama during the summer holidays? In January 1889, residents and visitors were amazed to watch Charles Jackson walk across a tightrope, which was... Read More...

Upcoming events

storytime-comes-to-gerringongThe Teddy Bears Picnic @ Gerringong Library created some interest, even though the weather was inclement. Therefore, we...
public-holidayKiama Library will be closed on Monday the 6th October for the Queen's Birthday public holiday. We will be open Tuesday 7th...
toddler-talesSing songs, share rhymes and play word games. Sessions run for 30 minutes and will include a simple...
hsc-lock-inThe doors will be locked. Mobile phones will be silenced. Kiama Library is hosting a Lock In for school students! The...
my-favourite-place-photography-competition1Enter the Kiama Library Photography competition with a recent photo about your favourite place. The theme is: "My Favourite...
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...
are-you-in-the-kiama-girls-choirThe Library is putting out a call to anyone who can recognise the girls from Kiama Girls Choir circa 1974. Contact us if you...
new-parents-home-library-serviceKiama Library has recognized a need within the community for our fantastic home library service to be offered to new...
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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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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

Kiama Contact

Kiama Library

Address: 7 Railway Parade,
Kiama NSW 2533

PO Box 75,
Kiama NSW 2533

T: (02) 4233 1133
F: (02) 4232 2071
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Kiama Hours

Day Hours
 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

Gerringong Contact

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 @

Gerringong Hours

 Thu 9.30 - 12.30 :: 1.30 - 4.30