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Local History - Intermission (1930)

Our Local History Collection can transport you into the history and heritage of our local places and people.

Discover a large range of books, manuscripts, photographs, records, maps and other documents which can give insight into Woollahra’s past, and can be used for researching the history of our area. Many resources have been digitised and can be viewed on our Local History Digital Archive, while others can be located at Woollahra Library at Double Bay. The digitisation project of Local History resources has been funded by Woollahra Council together with the State Library of New South Wales through the Metropolitan Public Library Grants Scheme.

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Research enquiries

Due to the temporary closure of Woollahra Libraries from close of business 25 June 2021, the Local History consultations and research enquiries service (as detailed below) are suspended until further notice.

Local History staff can undertake research on behalf of customers and document the findings. Fees for this service are based on staff time used, and vary according to the purpose of the enquiry (commercial use or personal interest).


Please use our online service to submit your Local History Research request: Ask the Library

In person:

Local History Librarians are also available for guided research enquiries on Level 3 of Woollahra Library at Double Bay, Monday to Friday 10am-12pm and Saturday 10am-1pm. Bookings with our Local History Librarians are essential, and can be made online or by calling 9391 7100.

The fees and charges for all research enquiries are listed below.

Local History
Non-commercial local history research (per hour)  $45.50
Commercial local history research (per hour) $70.00
File retrieval fee (per file part) $18.00
Digital Image File - based on cost of reproduction (CR) plus a service charge CR + $41.50

You can now pay online for library services.