Local History

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Waverley Library's local history collection is uniquely significant, holding a wealth of information about the Waverley Local Government Area. Covering geological, Aboriginal, historical, and contemporary aspects, it offers accessible resources for researchers, residents, and visitors to explore Waverley’s iconic past and present.

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Research Services

Unable to locate the information you need?

Feel free to submit your inquiry or request for local history research assistance through our dedicated service. Email your query to local.history@waverley.nsw.gov.au.

Our local history experts are here to support you in your research endeavours. You can schedule an initial appointment for a 30-minute consultation, and this service is provided free of charge.

For any additional appointments, extended consultations, or specialised research needs, please refer to the fee schedule outlined below and book an appointment.

Waverley Local History Services



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Research Resources

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Our Collection

Bondi Pavilion Archives

Original materials from the 1970s to 2000s, offering valuable insights into the history of Bondi Beach Pavilion.

Photograph Collection

Over 10,000 historical and contemporary images, documenting Waverley's rich history and culture. Some images are available for purchase.

Map Collection

A treasury of over 4,000 plans and maps spanning the past century, including detailed maps of parks, public spaces, and Waverley itself.

Oral History Collection

Unique and detailed interviews with prominent figures like Margaret Whitlam, offering firsthand accounts of Waverley's history.

Original Resources Archive

Donated materials from local organisations, encompassing minutes, letters, and cashbooks, providing a deep dive into community history.

Collection Strengths

Rare items such as ostrich feathers, swimming costumes, and architectural plans, as well as a rich assortment of topical files, glass plate negatives, and Waverley Council records.

Waverley Council Minute Books

Meeting minutes from 1859 to 2012, available in hard copies in the Local Studies Archive Room.

Waverley Council Rate Books

Microfilmed records dating from 1860 to 1930, offering property ownership and value information.

Waverley Council Reports

Comprehensive reports on environmental, planning, and administrative matters, covering the diverse facets of Waverley Council's work.

Waverley's local history resources are a treasure trove for researchers, residents, and history enthusiasts, providing a unique window into the past and present of our vibrant community.

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Local History Librarian
Phone: 9083 8744


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