Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc
incorporating the
Ku-ring-gai Family History Centre

Welcome to the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society website

Our Society was formed in 1963, has over 600 members, mainly present and past Ku-ring-gai residents, and includes an active family history group with worldwide interests.  The Society is committed to the collection, preservation and dissemination of information relating to the history of Ku-ring-gai.  We maintain an interest in Heritage issues, particularly if the site or persons associated with it have historical significance.  We encourage research into local and family history of the Ku-ring-gai area and its residents.

We have produced publications about our local history and people that are available to the general public through local bookshops and directly from the Society, notably Focus on Ku-ring-gai (1996) and Women of Ku-ring-gai (1999).  Our annual research publication The Historian has over recent years included extensive reviews of the early development of parts of Ku-ring-gai together with narratives of life and the people who lived at those locations.  The Historian combines local history, built heritage and family history.


  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and until further notice, the KHS rooms are open on Tuesdays only betweeh 10 am and noon.

Recent Publications

Rallying the Troops: A World War I Commemoration

Volume I was launched by Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial and former Member for Bradfield, on 26 July 2014.   Read a Review

Volume II was launched by The Hon. Paul Fletcher, Federal Member for Bradfield, on 6 December 2015 A public announcement relating to the book by Paul Fletcher was made on 3 December 2015. This may be viewed on YouTube by clicking this link.

Volume II is an Australian award winner: Ku-ring-gai Historical Society has received the prestigious Mander Jones 2015 Award (Category 2A ) for Volume II of Rallying the Troops: a World War I Commemoration. The Category 2A award is made annually by the Australian Society of Archivists for the best publication that uses, features or interprets Australian archives, written by or on behalf of a corporate body. The award is made in the honour and memory of the life and work of librarian and archivist, Phyllis Mander Jones (and who was a Wahroonga resident educated at Abbotsleigh and University of Sydney).

The citation for the award states:
"A remarkable work bringing together so much information from a multitude of sources into a coherent local, yet universal, work of sound research. It utilises a range of resources from both government and private archival collections, from Australia and overseas, to create a great local and general history of WW1. The writing, layout, photography and captions were all high quality. We look forward to Vol 3 in 2017!”

Volume III was released in September 2017.  Read a Review of Volumes II and III

Volume IV was launched on 25 November 2018. Read a Review.

Volume IV of Rallying the Troops has received the 2018 The Mander Jones Award, Category 2A, for the best publication that uses, features or interprets Australian archives, written by or on behalf of a corporate body- Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

 The judges’ comments were: "This work uses detailed research to provide a history of the events of WWI and a wonderful commemoration of the men and women of the Ku-ring-gai area. This volume includes the biographies of over 430 men and women. An extensive range of archives and archival collections are used. The inclusion of a large number of photographs add so much to this work."

For more information about the books, including how to purchase, click here.

Where we are and when we are open

Our reference collection, comprising books, plans, photographs, documentary records and an extensive range of computer databases, is housed in the Society’s Research Centre in the Old Gordon Public School building (adjacent to the Gordon Library at 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon; Cnr Pacific Highway and Park Ave).  We are open to the public from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays, except the first Saturday of each month, which is our Family History meeting day.

Meetings schedule

Meetings take place in the Gordon Library Meeting Rooms, in the Old Gordon Public School building (adjacent to the Gordon Library at 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon; Cnr Pacific Highway and Park Ave). For a summary of upcoming lectures & other events, click here!"

General KHS meetings are being held at 2:00 pm on the third Saturday of each month from January to November. Visitors are welcome.

The Family History Group meets on the first Saturday of each month from February to December, at 11:00 am for research and/or introduction to new resources, and at 2:00 pm for a general meeting. Visitors are welcome.

Family History

The family history group is very active within the Society.  Membership of the Society includes membership of Ku-ring-gai Family History Centre.  We are fortunate to have an extensive range of resources from both local and overseas to assist members researching their family history.

The Headmaster’s Office Museum

This mini-museum commemorates the students, teachers and parents and citizens associated with the Old Gordon Public School, the first public school on the North Shore of Sydney.  The school opened in 1871 and closed in 1989.