Local history articles

Kiama American Fleet Visit 1908

American Fleet visits Kiama

American Fleet visits Kiama

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Antrim Theatre

The Antrim Theatre was a very popular location for many community activities such as school speech a ...

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Boat Harbour Pools

Boat Harbour Pools

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Boat Harbour Store - Gerringong's First Post Office

Boat harbour store gerringongs first post office

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Brief history of Kiama council

Brief history of Kiama council

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Debutante Balls

Debutante Balls

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Dry stone walls

Dry stone walls are a prominent feature of our local rural landscape. Made by hand and covering many ...

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Eureka Quarry Tragedy

Eureka Quarry Tragedy

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Farming

The countryside around the Kiama region is synonymous with dairy farming although there were many ot ...

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Fire Services in Kiama

Fire services in Kiama

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Foxground

Foxground was originally known as "The Flying Foxes Camping Ground". It is a scenic valley, north of ...

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Fry’s Cave, Kiama

Fry’s cave is a deep sea cave, cut into basalt on the coast, south east of Kiama, NSW. It lies south ...

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Gerringong

Gerringong

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Gerringong Co-Operative Dairy Society

In February 1888 the Gerringong Co-Operative Dairy Society was formed and until it closed its doors ...

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Gerringong Hotels

Gerringong Hotels

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Gerringong Library History

Gerringong Library History

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Gerringong Speedway

Seven Mile Beach became known as the Gerringong Speedway and it was a popular outing to attend the r ...

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History of Kiama Library

History of Kiama Library

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History of Photography

Photographic art was introduced to Kiama in the 1860s by travelling photographers who used the wet p ...

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Holidaying in Kiama over the years

Some of the activities that have brought people to Kiama for their holidays over the years.

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Hospital and health services

Hospital and health services

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Jamberoo

The cedar getters were the first white people in the Jamberoo Valley, coming in as early as 1810, bu ...

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Kiama Agricultural Show

The Kiama Show and the Kiama Agricultural Committee has been an important feature of the Kiama and d ...

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Kiama Harbour

Construction of the harbour started in 1871 with the new harbour opening in 1876, five years after s ...

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Kiama Lighthouse

In March 1884, the State Government contributed £2000 towards the construction of a lighthouse at Ki ...

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Kiama Post Office

Kiama Post Office

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Kiama Show

Kiama Show

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Kiama: a brief history

Kiama: a brief history

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Leo O'Dwyer's 'Kiama Now & Then'

Leo O'Dwyer's 'Kiama Now & Then'

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Man crosses blowhole on tightrope

In January 1889, residents and visitors were amazed to watch Charles Jackson walk across a tightrope ...

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March to Freedom

March to freedom

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Minnamurra Falls

The Minnamurra Falls has been a popular picnic spot since the 1870's and was known about since the e ...

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No room at the Inn – or how Lloyd Rees came to paint at Gerringong

The summer of 1939, artist Lloyd Rees, his wife Marjory, and son Alan, aged five, were holidaying in ...

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On this day

On this day

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Pilot’s Cottage

A history of the Pilot’s Cottage at Blowhole Point, Kiama.

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Pubs in the Kiama Municipality

The Inns and pubs of the early years in the municipality were important places to meet up in the com ...

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Quarrying in the Kiama District

John Carson was one of the first quarrymen in the region and came to Kiama in 1855, following in his ...

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Radar Station No 18

Radar Station No 18 was an ‘Air Warning’ radar stations located on Saddleback Mountain, Jamberoo, an ...

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Red cedar

In 1805 the Surveyor-General James Meehan advised the Governor that red cedar was to be found in the ...

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Robert Hoddle

In 1830 Robert Hoddle was given the task to open up a route from the lush pastures in the Southern H ...

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Schooling in the Kiama District

The very first school opened in the Kiama District was in 1839 when Daniel Shea opened a Roman Catho ...

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Shipwrecks off the coast

Shipwrecks off the coast

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Sporting History

From the very early days of settlement, sport has played an important part in community life in the ...

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The Great Fire

In the early hours of Sunday morning, 1st October, 1899, a fire broke out that was to be the most ex ...

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The Kiama Jazz Club

When listening to records just wasn’t good enough, a group of friends under the inspiration of Denni ...

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The Library Fig and other trees

The Library Fig and other trees

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Theatres, School of Arts and Halls in the Kiama District

Theatres school of arts and halls in the kiama district

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Toolijooa public school

Toolijooa public school

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Traffic and motor cars

Traffic and motor cars

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Tram to Nowhere

Tram to Nowhere

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We didn’t start the fire

We didn’t start the fire