Explore Kiama's Past - images, documents and oral histories

Welcome to our exciting digital home for our rich collection of historic images, documents and oral histories from the Kiama local government area (including Minnamurra, Jamberoo, Gerringong, Gerroa and Foxground).

Explore Kiama's Past has powerful search and discovery capabilities to enable you to get the most out of our collections. Search via keyword, or explore via albums organised by subject. 

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What can I find?

Special care notice. Visitors shoul be aware that this material may contain images of documentation relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are deceased. Visitors are warned that there may be words and descriptions which may be considered sensitive and/or offensive in today

Find out about the people of the past who have helped make Kiama what it is today - listen to oral histories from Kiama notables such as Charmian Clift and Arthur Campbell; explore photo albums of historic buildings, early settlers, prominent local families, local industry, and schools, clubs and sporting teams; see our historic collections of postcards and subdivision maps; the list goes on. Some of the photos in the collection do not have a lot of attached information, so if you can help with any further details please contact us (don't forget to note the ref no. of the item so we can identify the correct record)

Our local history archive is extensive and we are working hard to digitise and upload materials to our new platform. What you see now is the tip of the iceberg, so if you can't find what you're after please contact us.  



Content on the 'Explore Kiama's Past' database is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

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In brief you are free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, with permission from Kiama Library.

Under the following terms:
Attribution — you must give appropriate credit and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests Kiama Library endorses you or your use.

You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.


Order high-resolution copies

Please contact us to order high-resolution images. While we do not charge a fee for private or commercial use of items in this collection, approval may be required for adaptation of images.   


Can you help improve our local history collection?

Do you know something about one of our images? Recognise a building and know who lived there, or a familiar face in a class photo? Please complete the form below - with your help, we can continue to build a great local history collection: