lest-we-forgetThey answered the call

To 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 Gerringong's Original Golf Club - Werri Beach
Following the tradition of that noble game played at St. Andrews, you select a beautiful seaside location and build a Golf Course. Well, what better place on the N.S.W. South Coast to do so than... Read More...

IMAGE Schooling in the Kiama District
The very first school opened in the Kiama District was in 1839 when Daniel Shea opened a Roman Catholic School in Jamberoo. This was soon followed in 1842 by the Church of England (also in Jamberoo)... Read More...

IMAGE History of Kiama Library
The first mention of a library in Kiama appears around 1857, with reference to the Kiama Literary and Debating Society. This organisation had the honour of being not only the oldest Society in the... Read More...

IMAGE Kiama Show
One of the Municipality’s residents remembers having to walk the family show cattle to town from Jerrara, and then spending hours washing and brushing the animals in preparation for their time... Read More...

IMAGE Hospital and health services
One of the first medical doctors in the Kiama area was Dr Menzies, who arrived in Australia in 1839, and came to Kiama, after a 6 day journey on horseback with his wife, from Sydney.  Mrs... Read More...

IMAGE Holiday Fun
In November 1887, people gathered to watch Charles Jackson known as the ‘Australian Blondin’ walked across a tightrope, which was strung across the Blowhole.  He had 3 attempts but... Read More...

Upcoming events

    • Author talk with Ken Methold

      Author talk with Ken MetholdFriends of Kiama Library welcome local author Ken Methold on the Business of Words. From a lifetime in writing Ken will survey the incredible changes in the words industry over the years. When : ...

    • Wrap With Love Knit In

      Wrap With Love Knit InKiama Library invites enthusiastic local knitters to join its special knit in event on Thursday 13th August for the charity ‘Wrap with Love’. Come and support this great event – whatever your...

    • Collecting family memories

      Collecting family memoriesFamily memories are important, but have you thought about the best way to collect them? Dr Rie Natalenko, author of The Family Memory Project, will be giving a talk at Kiama Library on how to...

    • Glorias Handbag

      Glorias HandbagKiama Library is hosting a one-woman play! It is 2021 in Nelson and pensioner Gloria, aged 97, hasn’t long to live. Her son Craig is pushing her to move to a “retireville” but she wants to die in...

    • Book Sculpture Competition 2015

      Book Sculpture Competition 2015For Book Week this year, Kiama Library is challenging residents to get creative. Slice, dice, fold and morph an old book into a sculpture for our annual Book Sculpture Competition. With the theme...

    • New Parents Home Library Service

      New Parents Home Library ServiceKiama Library has recognized a need within the community for our fantastic home library service to be offered to new parents. If you have just welcomed the arrival of a new baby and are finding it...

    • Fair Deal for Public Libraries

      Fair Deal for Public LibrariesSupport the Community Funding Campaign in its efforts to increase funding for NSW Public Libraries. Read the facts, sign the petition, fill out our quick survey, join our mailing list or discuss it with...

    • Interested in Local History?

      Interested in Local History?Kiama Library has a great set of resources to assist those interested in the local history of the area as well as students needing information for their assignments. Have a look at "Mystery...

    • Kaleidoscope of Kiama

      Kaleidoscope of KiamaKiama Library held a very successful exhibition for the Kiama Council 150th anniversary celebrations in August 2009, showing historical photographs from the Kiama Library collection as well as the...

    • Winter Reading Challenge 2015

      Winter Reading Challenge 2015It’s Simple!! Grab a reading log online or next time you drop in at the library and choose 10 marshmallow activities to complete - then pop them in your mug. When you hand in your completed log at...

    • Gerringong Story Time

      Gerringong Story TimeThe Gerringong Story Time is held for the young ones to enjoy a few stories. Where : Gerringong Library When : 10.30 am – 11.15 am, first Thursday of the month Suitable for preschoolers and toddlers....

    • Baby Story Time 2015

      Baby Story Time 2015Songs, stories, rhymes and lots of fun when you join us for Baby Story Time every third Tuesday of the month (except January and December) at 10.00 am.  Babies (and their carers of course) under 24...

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

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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
E: library @ kiama.nsw.gov.au

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 @ kiama.nsw.gov.au

Gerringong Hours

 Thu 9.30 - 12.30 :: 1.30 - 4.30