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 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 No room at the Inn – or how Lloyd Rees came to paint at Gerringong
The summer of 1939, artist Lloyd Rees, his wife Marjory, and son Alan, aged five, were holidaying in the Southern Highlands. They decided to move to the coast, as it was so hot, and drove down to... 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 Kiama Agricultural Show
The Kiama Show and the Kiama Agricultural Committee has been an important feature of the Kiama and district community for more than 160 years. Dr Charles Throsby came to the Illawarra in 1815 looking... 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 Traffic and motor cars
Kiama saw its first motor vehicle on 11th August 1902 and although the driver was on their way to Bega from Sydney, he had an untimely end to his journey at Broughton Village. Running over an... Read More...

Upcoming events

gerringong-story-timeThe Gerringong Story Time has been a great success in 2014 and we are having more this year. Where : Gerringong...
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...
author-talk-with-garry-mcdougallEver thought about exploring the pilgrim trails of Spain and France? Join veteran global traveller Garry McDougall as he...
david-burke-author-visitDavid Burke's "30 Days on Australia's Railways: Our Diary of September Journeys" explores moments in the history of...
story-box-libraryHelp children journey to that uniquely precious place: the wilds of their own imagination. A place where the wonderful world...
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 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

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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

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

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 Thu 9.30 - 12.30 :: 1.30 - 4.30