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 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 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 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 Sporting History
From the very early days of settlement, sport has played an important part in community life in the Kiama area. The first recorded sporting event was held on 27th January, 1846, when Menzies of... 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 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

how-to-research-your-family-historyThe Family History Centre are having some training in "How to research Family History on the Internet". It is a course...
indonesian-textiles-with-howard-jonesFriends of Kiama Library welcomes arts and crafts icon Howard Jones on Indonesian Textiles. Howard will talk about the rich...
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...
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...
image-donationsWe are always keen to recieve donations of images not already held in our collection. Be they of people or places or events,...

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 NSW 2533

PO Box 75,
Kiama NSW 2533

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Address: Fern Street, (Town Hall)
Gerringong NSW 2534

PO Box 75,
Kiama NSW 2533

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E: library @ kiama.nsw.gov.au

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