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.

We’re thrilled to announce that our Research Centre in Gordon is now open again at last!

Please see our Contact Page for our opening hours.

Also kindly note that in accordance with NSW Health and Ku-ring-gai Council regulations, QR-code sign-in, face masks and proof of vaccination are required at this time when attending our Research Rooms and Meeting Rooms.

For all the details on our upcoming events, keep an eye on our Events page.

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

We apologise that due to the lockdown, our October Newsletter hasn’t been posted out – click here to download it instead!

  • Read about the remarkable life of WWI correspondent Charles Bean
  • We take a virtual stroll through Swain Gardens, an almost-hidden gem
  • Patrick Dodd reviews Peter Cochrane’s book, Colonial Ambitions
  • Read the intriguing tale of the misadventure of the SS Gertie
    All this and more in our October 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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