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.

PLEASE NOTE – our Research Centre at Gordon is currently closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Please keep an eye on our Events page for further information about how the developing situation affects upcoming events.

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

Due to lockdown, we apologise that our September Newsletter can’t be posted out – click here to download it instead!

  • Read about the Friends of Ethel Turner – author of Seven Little Australians
  • Find out about the history of croquet in Ku-ring-gai – it’s hoops galore!
  • Can you help find the descendants of the late George Nelson, aka William King?
  • Read about Hangman’s Hill in The Rocks – site of the public gallows
  • And Happy Birthday to our member Lois McEvoy on her 100th Birthday!
    All this and more in our September Newsletter!

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!
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 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

Book cover for Rallying The Troops volume 1
Sepia Family Photo © Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

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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