Discover Local History

The Sutherland Shire Libraries Local Studies Collection is a rich source of information on the history and development of the Sutherland Shire. Now more accessible than ever, explore digitised copies of thousands of items from our archive and discover the people, places and events of the Sutherland Shire's history.

 Discover Local History

What will you find?

While not all material from the Local Studies collection is available online, over time the Library will be digitising more items and adding them to this archive where possible. There are, however, still many books, newspapers and other items that are only available in the physical collection at Sutherland Library.

Sutherland Shire Bicycle Club members on their bicycles out front of the Miranda Motor Engineering Works, ca. 1927

Historical Photographs

From the turn of the century, through the 1940s and 50s, up to the recent past – explore the history of the Sutherland Shire through photographs. You'll find more than 4800 pictures, with more being added regularly.

Sutherland township subdivision map ca. 1887


Hundreds of real estate subdivision maps and Valuer General's maps, all in high resolution, provide insights into the development of the Sutherland Shire.

Harold Mondel, ca. early 1900s

Oral Histories

Listen to recordings of interviews with long term residents, and more recent immigrants, about their time in the Sutherland Shire. These oral histories provide a rich insight into how our area has changed over the last 100 years.

Como Hotel on the shore of Scylla Bay, early 1900s

People, Places & Events

People, Places and Events bring together items from the collection with short histories to tell the stories of the Sutherland Shire. Find out more about Como Hotel, the Royal visit in 1954 and Shire pioneers like Ted Boyle, Charles McAlister, Nurse Lobb and more.

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