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IMAGE Red cedar
Red cedar (Toona ciliata) was known as red gold amongst the first Europeans who ventured into the Illawarra and Shoalhaven districts. In the early days of the new colony of NSW it was important to... 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 Kiama Post Office
When the first Post Office opened in Kiama on 1st January 1841 there was no official Post Office building, instead, being located in a premises on Michael Hindmarsh’s allotment in Shoalhaven... Read More...

IMAGE Gerringong Speedway
The first motor vehicle to ever pass through Kiama was 11 August 1902. Although the driver was on their way from Sydney to Bega, they had an untimely end to the journey at Broughton Village. Running... 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...

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...

Upcoming events

law-week-talk-morning-teaLaw Week in NSW is a successful community based event that has been held in metropolitan, regional and rural areas across...
house-adaptation-with-harry-sprintzMany of us have some idea of how to prepare our home for the arrival of a young one – but what about for when we get...
jim-butcher-author-visitJim Butcher, author of the New York Times best-selling paranormal fantasy series The Dresden Files and the fantasy series...
public-holidayKiama Library will be closed on Monday the 18th April till 21st for the Easter public holiday. We will be open Tuesday 22nd...
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...
vote-for-kiama-library-as-australia-s-favourite-libraryLibraries and library services across Australia provide so much for their communities—whether it is a hospital library...
national-simultaneous-storytimeEvery year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in...
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...
like-us-and-we-ll-like-you-backCatch up with the Library as we socialise on the internet Like us on Facebook, Twit with some real twits, Check out...
kaleidoscope-of-kiamaKiama Library held a very successful exhibition for the Kiama Council 150th anniversary celebrations in August 2009, showing...

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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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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

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 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 @

Gerringong Hours

 Thu 9.30 - 12.30 :: 1.30 - 4.30