Welcome to Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

Ku-ring-gai – home to the Darramuragal or Darug people for thousands of years – takes in around 85 km², stretching from Boundary Street, Roseville in the south, to Bobbin Head in the north; and from St Ives Showground in the east, to the Lane Cove River in the west.

Eleven weeks after the First Fleet arrived, Governor Phillip set off to find water sources and farming land. On 16th April 1788 the expedition camped at Middle Harbour creek – becoming the first Europeans to set foot in what is now Ku-ring-gai.

Ku-ring-gai Historical Society was established in 1963, and has produced award-winning Publications on the area’s local history, pioneer family histories and its built heritage.

Our June 2021 Newsletter is out now!

  • Read about the Hassall family, ahead of John Brooks’ talk on 19th June!
  • Patrick Dodd recounts the story of Charles Darwin’s 1836 Australian voyage
  • Morrison Hammond concludes the intriguing tale of murder in Gordon
  • David Wilkins, OAM writes about H. Roy Muddle – the romantic digger
  • Lorna Watt shares a concise history of the Ku-ring-gai area
  • And find out about our upcoming tours
    All this and more in our June Newsletter!
Monochrome photo of Turramurra's first bus
Old monochrome photo of Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers with horses

On Saturday 19th June, John Brooks will tell us all about The Hassall Family in Australia. Fleeing to Sydney in 1798 from hostile Tahitians more interested in muskets than the Gospel, missionary Rowland Hassall thrived in his calling in the infant colony…

On Saturday 3rd July we’re holding a forum: My First Ancestor to Step onto Australian Soil. Those who’d like to do so may contribute a brief story about their first Aussie ancestor, eg. where they were from; convict or free; how they came to be here and why. Do you have a story to tell about your ancestry? Share it with us!

Click here for details of our meetings and our Speakers Program.

Join us today and you’ll enjoy…

  • Regular meetings with speakers and refreshments
  • Our informative and entertaining monthly Newsletter
  • A printed copy of The Historian, our annual research publication
  • Access to our large collection of books, photographs, local experts and research resources
  • Organised tours – and much more!
Old Gordon Public School
Monochrome photo of Lane Cove Road (later Pacific Hwy) Turramurra, looking north, with shops and horse & cart

We have more than fifteen superb publications, including Focus on Ku-ring-gai, Women of Ku-ring-gai, and Almost Like Home: Living in Bradfield Park.

Back issues are available of our esteemed annual research book, The Historian.

And Rallying The Troops is a tour de force, commemorating those associated with Ku-ring-gai who served in World War I.

Rallying The Troops is our award-winning four-volume series, commemorating the 1800 people associated with the Ku-ring-gai area who served in the Great War – an extraordinary chronicle of the heroism of Australians in the forefront of defending our nation!

As reviewed by Russell Linwood ASM, Secretary Military History Society of Australia: “The labour of love by those who have painstakingly compiled these data is compellingly obvious, and the result is a record of a community’s contribution to war that is probably second to none, especially on this scale and at this level of detail.”

All four volumes are available to purchase online – a wonderful addition to any history buff’s book case!

Read more about this incredible series here

Rallying The Troops volume 1 book cover
Sepia Family Photo © KHS

Research

Our large collection of material related to Ku-ring-gai’s built heritage, local history and pioneers is a valuable resource for those researching their connections with the area – whether their ancestors, or the history of particular sites or dwellings.

Our experienced volunteers are available to assist in exploring our collections and interpreting materials. You can access our Research Services via our Built Heritage ResearchLocal History Research and Family History Research pages.

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