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 Dry stone walls
Dry stone walls are sometimes a prominent feature of the Australian landscape and are found most commonly in our eastern states, the most notable areas being Kiama and Lismore in NSW, the western... 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 Gerringong
The official spelling of Gerringong was established in 1857 with the development of a town centre that included a post office, Sharwood’s blacksmith, Beale’s cooperage, Ransome’s... Read More...

IMAGE March to Freedom
The "Rat-a-tat-tat" of the side drum and the "skirl" of the pipes announced the khaki passengers of the three train on Saturday afternoon and lining the station was a big crowd to welcome them as the... 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 We didn’t start the fire
On December 15th 1899, just two and a half months after the first devastating blaze another awful fire consumed a block of six shops in Terralong Street. These buildings had previously survived due... Read More...

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book-sculpture-competition-2015For Book Week this year, Kiama Library is challenging residents to get creative. Slice, dice, fold and morph an old book...
hsc-help-kiama-libraryThis year, Kiama Library is hosting two full days of lectures filled with exam tips and tutorials to support Illawarra HSC...
overdrive-updateOverDrive has a recurring monthly maintenance that takes place on the third Thursday of every month from 6am - 8am US...
gerringong-story-timeThe Gerringong Story Time has been a great success in 2015 and we are having more this year. Where : Gerringong...
dhistorydHistory is your digital history workbench is a fantastic tool to explore changes in the front pages of Australian...
important-changes-to-catalogueAs of the 1st of July 2015, Eurobodalla Library Services consisting of Moruya, Narooma and Bateman’s Bay Libraries...
national-simultaneous-story-timeNational Simultaneous Story Time on Wednesday, 27th May 2015 at 10.30 am. National Simultaneous Story Time is an annual...
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...
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...

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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

Latest History


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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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Address: 7 Railway Parade,
Kiama NSW 2533

PO Box 75,
Kiama NSW 2533

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E: library @ kiama.nsw.gov.au

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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

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 Thu 9.30 - 12.30 :: 1.30 - 4.30