explore kiama

Explore Kiama

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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.

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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.

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Plaques

Kiama Plaques

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Image galleries

A collection of Kiama image galleries

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Digital History

A variety of videos are available online that are of historical significance to the Kiama area, including a steam train ride to Kiama in the 1900s, and footage of the 2013 storm damage to the area.

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Our history in print

In 2000, the Kiama Independent published a 'Millenium supplement' twelve-volume feature about the history of the municipality.

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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.

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Blue Haven - the book

'Blue Haven: History of Kiama Municipality' is a book written by William A. Bailey in 1976 which describes the history of Kiama and its environs.

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WW1 Commemoration

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One, we've collected and shared the stories of the men and women of our area who answered the call.