Welcome to Ku-ring-gai Historical Society
and Ku-ring-gai Family History Group

Welcome to
Ku-ring-gai Historical Society
Ku-ring-gai Family History Group

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.

Join us on Saturday 18th June, when Dr Reinhard Ronnebeck will explore the life and work of Grace Cossington Smith – a quiet pioneer of modernism who practised her art in Turramurra.

Then on Saturday 16th July, Ian Thompson presents More Australian Inventions – throughout the world, over a billion people rely heavily on Australian inventions every day – there’s so much more than the Hills Hoist and the Victa Mower!

See our Events page for more details on these and other upcoming events!

Old monochrome photo of Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers with horses
Monochrome photo of Turramurra's first bus

Our May Newsletter is out now – download it here

  • David Wilkins finds a revelation on Trove
  • We set the Captain Moonlite myth straight
  • Meet Marsden Hordern, OAM – a remarkable centenarian
  • Find out about the R.U.S.I. Library of defence and military history books
  • And Morrison Hammond continues his history of POWs in Australia
    All this and more in our May Newsletter!

Join us today and you’ll enjoy…

  • Regular meetings with interesting guest speakers
  • Our informative and entertaining monthly Newsletter
  • A copy of our annual research publication The Historian (currently in recess)
  • Access to our large collection of books, photographs, local experts and research resources
  • Organised tours – and much more!
Monochrome photo of Old Gordon Public School
Monochrome photo of Lane Cove Road (later Pacific Highway) 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: a World War I Commemoration  is our award-winning four-volume series, commemorating the almost 1800 men and women associated with Ku-ring-gai 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!

Sepia Family Photo © Ku-ring-gai Historical Society


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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