explore kiama

Explore Kiama


Local history articles

A collection of local history articles

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Family History Centre

If you are working on a genealogical or local history project and require help or would just like to discover new avenues of research the Kiama Family History Centre is the place to visit.

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Walking tours

Take a walk around town and back through time with our Walking Tours app.


Heritage landmarks

Many of the historical buildings, landmarks and monuments still exist in Kiama. Enjoy your virtual walk around the Kiama CBD. Click on a number to see information about the particular location.



Kiama Plaques


Image galleries

A collection of Kiama image galleries


Digital History

A variety of videos are available on the internet that are of historical significance to the Kiama area. These include videos about a steam train ride to Kiama in the 1900s, and the videos taken of the 2013 storm that damaged several areas.


Our history in print

Back in 2000, the Kiama Independent published a "millenium supplement" on Wednesday, March 1, 2000.

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Aboriginal Kiama

Aboriginal people of this area are known to be of the Wadi Wadi tribe, and Yuiu tribe. Traditional stories say the Dharawal people brought the Dharawal (cabbage tree palm) with them on arrival at Lake Illawarra, back when their ancestors were animals.


Blue Haven - the book

"Blue Haven: History of Kiama Municipality" is a book written by William A. Bailey which describes a history of Kiama and its environs.


WW1 Commemoration

On 25th April 2015 Australia marked the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.