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Community History

Our libraries are a great place to find out about the past. You can:

  • research your family history
  • find out about the Bayside area
  • trace the history of a house.


Bayside Libraries holds an extensive collection of items related to the history of the Bayside area, including books, maps, photographs and newspapers. 

Browse the Local History Collections


Bayside Libraries have a wide range of family history resources to help you find out more about the lives of your ancestors. 

Research your Family History


Bayside Libraries can support you in learning about the history of your house, with useful sources including Rates Books and the Sands & McDougall Directories.

The History of Your House


Are you interested in the history of some of the local landmarks that are in Bayside? The library has researched and compiled the history of landmarks including Black Rock Clock Tower, Billilla Mansion and more.

Explore the History of local Bayside Landmarks


Bayside City Council holds a Cultural Collection, located at the Art Gallery. This collection is comprised of over 300 items, including: Municipal records, artwork by local amateur and professional artists, and a collection of sculptures and paintings

Discover the Bayside Council Cultural Collection


Bayside Libraries run regular programs to help you learn about local history and to undertake your own genealogical research.

View upcoming Local and Family History programs at the Library


Here you will find a selection of images from our Local History collection made into jigsaw puzzles for you to solve.

Heritage Photograph Puzzles

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