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 Quarrying in the Kiama District
The basalt rock of the district was initially used for fences and buildings. Notable basalt buildings are the old Kiama Infants School at Black Beach, the Anglican Christ Church and the Kiama... Read More...

IMAGE Radar Station No 18
On the 7 November, 1941, one month before the attack on Pearl Harbour, the RAAF was given full responsibility for Australia’s ground-based early warning radar operations. From this date and... Read More...

IMAGE Minnamurra Falls
The Minnamurra Falls has been a popular picnic spot since the 1870's and was known about since the earliest settlers and cedar getters. The Falls received their official name in 1896 when the Hon. J... 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...

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...

IMAGE Antrim Theatre
Have you ever parked yourself on the wall behind the apartment block in Manning Street to watch the football on the oval?  Sitting on this spot 80 years ago, you would most likely have been... Read More...

Upcoming events

    • "Amazing Animals" Photography Competition

      Animals have played an integral part in our lives. During our early history they ploughed the fields for crops to be sown, were a primary source of transport. and supplied sustenance to a growing...

    • Increase state funding for public libraries

      Increase state funding for public librariesJan Barham MLC, Legislative Council, NSW Parliament House, has created a petition to increase funding to public libraries. Funding of public libraries is essential to maintain a vibrant and...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • A real treasure Trove

      A real treasure TroveTrove is a discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. It supplements what search engines provide. If you are researching in the fields of the social sciences, literature, local or...

    • Image donations

      Image donationsWe are always keen to recieve donations of images not already held in our collection. Be they of people or places or events, we welcome any anything about the Kiama District. If you wish to share your...

    • Book reviews

      Book reviewsWe all love a good book and enjoy the opportunity to share a great read with friends. Kiama Library would love to hear about the books you have enjoyed or thought about and are happy to publish...

    • 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