Local Studies

The Local Studies Collection is a rich source of information on the history and development of the Sutherland Shire.

The collection includes books, journals, local newspapers, historical photographs, electoral rolls, maps, council minutes (1906-present) and oral histories. It is housed in the Local Studies Room on the first floor at Sutherland Library. It is a reference collection and these items cannot be borrowed.

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

Historical Photographs

Explore the history of the Sutherland Shire from the turn of the century through the 1940s and 50s, up to the recent past in our collection of historical photographs.

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card catalogue with open drawer

Local Newspapers

Covering the early days of the Sutherland Shire onwards, our collection of local newspapers are a great source for historical research on the Shire.

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Sutherland township subdivision map ca. 1887


Sutherland Library houses a collection of historical maps, including aerial photography, of the Sutherland Shire.

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Cliffhaven at Yowie Bay with mother and daughter seated on the grass in the foreground

Oral Histories

Long term residents of the Sutherland Shire have been interviewed about their time in the Sutherland Shire, providing a rich insight into how the Shire has changed over the last 50-100 years.

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Sutherland main street circa 1920-1940

Local Stories

Short histories of people and locations from the history of the Sutherland Shire.

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Cronulla-Sutherland steam tram, number 71A, ca. 1926

Historical Studies & Pathfinders

Download a selection of publications about the history of the Sutherland Shire along with selected guides to locating material about the Shire in the Local Studies collection.

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More Information

Local Studies Librarian
Phone 9710 0225
Email library@ssc.nsw.gov.au