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 History of Photography
Photographic art was introduced to Kiama in the 1860s by travelling photographers who used the wet plate method. The first permanent photographic studio was begun by the James Brothers who opened... Read More...

IMAGE Gerringong Co-Operative Dairy Society
The dairy industry has always been an important part of this district but in the early days, dairy farmers had to milk, manufacture and market their own produce. Due to a lack of suitable transport,... Read More...

IMAGE The Kiama Jazz Club
When listening to records just wasn’t good enough, a group of friends under the inspiration of Dennis Koks, and all with a shared interest in jazz decided to work out how they could present... Read More...

IMAGE Farming
The countryside around the Kiama region is synonymous with dairy farming although there were many other farming endeavors before dairying became the main agricultural enterprise. In the early years... 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 Foxground
Foxground was originally known as "The Flying Foxes Camping Ground". It is a scenic valley, north of Berry, surrounded by mountains. Curries Hill to the east, Saddleback on the north-east, Jamberoo... Read More...

Upcoming events

easter-2015-closureKiama Family History Centre will be closed over Easter from Friday April 3rd 2015 and will open on Tuesday 7th April...
how-creative-are-youShow off your imagination and construction skills at our free-build Minecraft Creative session. PC  and iPad servers...
minigolf-in-the-libraryIn partnership with the Kiama Youth Centre, Kiama Library is continuing its proud tradition of re-imagining the library for...
make-your-own-dream-catcherzLearn the history, use and culture surrounding the making of Dream Catchers. When : Wednesday 15th April 10.30 am –...
what-do-your-toys-get-up-to-after-darkChildren are invited to bring along a toy to leave at the library overnight. The toys will have their own story time...
the-history-of-meA simple workshop in starting a family history. Decorate a journal and then write your own story! Bring some photos and...
take-the-robot-tour-of-nmaWhy not take a robot tour of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra?  You'll meet Robert Bunzil and his robot...
horrible-historyNever at the Gerringong District Historical Society! 1) What Aboriginal tribe lived in Gerringong? 2) Who was James...
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...

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

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