Local Studies & Family History

All the local Libraries within the Shire contain resources that detail the history of the Shire, its suburbs, development and important persons and families. Castle Hill branch has the most comprehensive collection with smaller holdings at Baulkham Hills, Dural and Rouse Hill.

Local Studies resources include books, reports, local newspapers, pamphlet files, aerial photos, maps and street directories. Many of these items are unique, fragile, often out of print and therefore irreplaceable. As a result they can only be used in the Library.

Each branch holds copies of the main items relevant to its area but the main collection is held at Castle Hill. Some duplicate copies may be found in the Lending Collection.

Local maps, subdivision plans and aerial photos are available to view on touch tables at our Castle Hill Library and Vinegar Hill Memorial Library.  

For in-depth enquiries please contact the library.


Hills Voices Online

Hills Voices Online captures and makes accessible the stories and voices of people representing various aspects of The Hills Shire’s history and development. It includes not only oral histories but also maps, videos and photos.


Family History

Access to Ancestry and Find My Past is temporarily available to library members remotely from home. You can access them by logging into the library catalogue site.

These resources allow you to gain access to historical documents including passenger and convict lists, gazettes, census data, directories, military service records and birth, death and marriage certificates. 
Resources previously only available on CD-Rom that have now been added to Ancestry and Find My Past include:

  • Baillieres New South Wales Gazetteer and Road Guide 1870
  • Census of New South Wales 1828
  • Convicts to NSW 1788-1812
  • Early Australian Electoral Rolls Volume I
  • New South Wales - Landowners of New South Wales (Yewen's Directory 1900)
  • New South Wales Post Office Directory 1900 & 1904
  • Official Municipal Year Book and Shires Directory of New South Wales for 1907


The Hills District Historical Society

Holdings of The Hills District Historical Society Inc. are included in the Library Catalogue. Please consult the online catalogue or ask staff for assistance.

For more information visit The Hills District Historical Society