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Local History

The Bayside Library Local History Collection is held at Brighton library. It contains a range of materials related to the history of Bayside and previous municipalities which existed before the amalgamation in 1994. These included Brighton, Sandringham and Moorabbin. The Local history collection is a reference collection to be viewed at the library.


Bayside Libraries collect items of historical significance to our area. We aim to preserve and make these available to our community. 

Browse the Local Area Collection


Bayside Libraries hold a vast collection of historical photographs, maps and photographs that have been digitized. Bayside Library can provide reproductions of most photographs within our collection for use in exhibitions, research, study and publications. If you wish to request a reproduction, please complete this form. You can also book an appointment to view an original item.

Explore our heritage photo collection


This website features a range of still photographs, video, and text documents, as well as a regional bibliography that provides entries for over five hundred resources that were originally created and published by Bayside Libraries on the SIN On Disc CD-ROM in 1998.

Explore Aspects of Life in the Southern Region of Melbourne 1850-2000


Bayside Libraries hold both physical and digital copies of newspapers published in our area including the Beaumaris Newsletter, Bayside Leader, Sandringham News and Brighton Southern Cross.

Explore our historic local newspaper collection


Get to know the history of the Bayside area by taking a walk around the area, using these maps to guide you.

Local History Walks


Explore external sites that focus on the local history of the Bayside area.

Other Resources for exploring Local History


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