Welcome to the Library Connections Blog. Catch up on the latest library activities and news from across the manager's desk.
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With the 2015 ANZAC Centenary being commemorated across the nation, Kiama Library has researched the WW1 project, bringing to light the extraordinary stories of soldiers who fought and died during this awful war.
We are continually adding to our local history articles to tell our town's story. Included in this collection is the special edition of the Kiama Independent's "Our History in Print", a must for any student studying Kiama.
Aboriginal Kiama tells the story before white settlers, while the History of Kiama Council tells the story after the colonisation of the area. Blue Haven, the book, was commissioned by Kiama Council. It is provided online to provide a broader history of the district. It is a great resource to start your researching.
We all love a good book and enjoy the opportunity to share a great read with friends.
Kiama Library would love to hear about the books you have enjoyed or thought about and are happy to publish them on the website.
We are always keen to recieve donations of images not already held in our collection. Be they of people or places or events, we welcome any anything about the Kiama District.
If you wish to share your images with us, please contact us and come into the library and we'd enjoy meeting you and seeing your material.
This picture is of the Kiama Show Pavillion rebuilt in 1924.
Kiama Library held a very successful exhibition for the Kiama Council 150th anniversary celebrations in August 2009, showing historical photographs from the Kiama Library collection as well as the extensive Holden and Leatheam collections. This DVD incorporates the 100 historical photographs from that exhibition and many more to encompass the landscapes and townships of the Kiama Municipality.
The early photographs in the DVD were taken by Kiama photographer Richard Henry Holden between 1880 and 1900. Holden grew up in Kiama and became a photographer of renown, winning medals and awards at many exhibitions, including the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1896.
Richard Henry Holden’s nephew Bill Leatheam and in later years his son Steve Leatheam, have taken many of the later images, going to the same location, over the years to record the changes to our landscape and towns. Other photographs used in the DVD have been generously donated to Kiama Library.
Kiama Library would like to thank Steve Leatheam for his time and expertise in creating the DVD and for the donation of photographs from both the Leatheam and Holden Photographic Collection.
The DVD is on sale for $15 and can be purchased at the library.