Monochrome photo of Joe Bourke removalist truck, Gilroy Road Turramurra, circa 1937, © Ku-ring-gai Library
Joe Bourke removalist truck, Gilroy Road Turramurra c.1937 © KML

About Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

Here at Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, we’re passionate about collecting, preserving and sharing information about the history of Ku-ring-gai, situated on Sydney’s leafy North Shore. Established in 1963, we have over 400 members and volunteers.

Our Family History Group has worldwide interests, assisting members to research their own ancestry. We also encourage research into the Local HistoryFamily History and Built Heritage of the Ku-ring-gai area.

We invite you to browse – and do feel free to Contact Us if we can assist you with any questions you may have – we’d love to hear from you!

Our unique collection on Ku-ring-gai includes:

  • Maps, both modern and historic
  • Databases on many local people and places
  • A number of informative books
  • Catalogued files of information collected over many years about Ku-ring-gai and its people
  • Over 14,000 local photos

These can all be viewed in our reading room at the historic Old Gordon Public School, featured in our website logo at the top of each page.

We are pleased to provide assistance with local historical research and advice, including on our local Built Environment and Families.

Our Ku-ring-gai Family History Group meets monthly – an interesting forum for discussion and to assist members with their own research.

Our collection is held in the Old Gordon Public School, which adjoins the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon (corner Pacific Highway and Park Avenue). See map, opening hours and parking information on our Contact page.

We are open to visitors on Tuesdays between 10 am and noon, when our specialist Built Heritage team is available to assist with research; and on Fridays between 10 am and noon, when specialist members of our Family History Group can assist.

If you wish to visit us, please contact us to arrange a time so we can ensure an appropriately experienced volunteer will be available to assist you.

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