Monochrome photo of the Gardeners' Arms Hotel, 1901 (later the Pymble Hotel)
Gardeners' Arms Hotel, 1901 (later Pymble Hotel)

Research Ku-ring-gai's Built Heritage

To assist with Built Heritage research, our specialist group of dedicated volunteers is available at our Gordon Research Centre to help you in person to explore our collections, or to interpret particular materials.

We recognise that not everyone can readily visit us, so if you are unable to attend our rooms in person, our experienced volunteers can undertake research on your behalf – our fees are listed below. Kindly note that our research is restricted to the Ku-ring-gai area.

We hold a large collection of materials related to Ku-ring-gai’s Built Heritage – that is, our buildings and the land on which they are built – a valuable resource for those researching the history of particular sites or dwellings.

One of these is our annual research journal, The Historian, which is an invaluable resource for those researching Ku-ring-gai’s local history, pioneers, built heritage, land grants and much more. The Historian index is searchable – so be sure to make it the first destination on your research journey!

If you would like us to undertake research for you, please complete the Request For Built Heritage Research below.

Please note – for research enquiries regarding Ku-ring-gai’s Local History, we have a separate dedicated page here.

The time taken to complete the research will depend on the nature of the request; the availability of an appropriately experienced volunteer; and on how many requests are ahead of you – we will endeavour to keep you informed if extended delays are expected.

Any original work carried out remains the property of the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society and is made available to you for personal use and research. Copies will be added to our files and may be used to answer other queries. If you wish to publish any research we do for you, we usually require only an acknowledgement of our work – but a licence fee will usually be required for commercial publication.

Please note: due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the availability of our research services will be limited until our research rooms re-open. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Our fee for a standard Built Heritage research enquiry is $60. Complex enquiries may incur a higher fee, which we would discuss with you first. Research starts after we receive the $60 fee.

You may pay by EFT or cheque. We do not have credit card facilities.

After submitting the form, to complete your request, please arrange an EFT payment of $60 to:

  • BSB: 032083
  • Account No: 248971
  • Please add your SURNAME and the letters BHR to your bank’s reference field

Alternatively please post a cheque for $60, payable to ‘Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc’ to:
The Treasurer,
Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc.
PO Box 109
GORDON NSW 2072

Once you submit the form, you should receive an automatic confirmation email – if you don’t, please check your spam folder. In due course we will then acknowledge your research request personally, by email or telephone.

You should receive a confirmation at this address after you submit this form
In case we need to contact you about your order
This is where we will send your order

Disclaimer: Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc. is not responsible for, and makes no representation or warranty in respect of any information, documents and materials it prepares, including the accuracy, adequacy, suitability or completeness of such information, documents and materials.

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