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

Welcome to the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society website

Our Society was formed in 1963, has over 400 members 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.


  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and until further notice, the KHS rooms are only open on Tuesdays between 10 am and noon when our specialist Built Heritage team are on duty to assist with research of properties, and on Fridays (by appointment) between 10 am and noon when specialist members of the Family History Group can assist.
  • Closure over the holiday period - we will close on Friday 11 December 2020 and re-open on Tuesday 2 February 2021

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. For a summary of upcoming talks & 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.