Monochrome photo of Joe Bourke removalist truck, Gilroy Road Turramurra, circa 1937, © Ku-ring-gai Library
Joe Bourke removalist truck, Gilroy Road Turramurra c.1937 © KML

About Ku-ring-gai Historical Society

Here at Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, we’re devoted to collecting, preserving and sharing information about the history of Ku-ring-gai, situated on Sydney’s leafy North Shore. Established in 1963, we have over 400 members.

Our volunteers are able to assist members to research their own ancestry. We also encourage research into the Local History, Built Heritage and Family History and of the Ku-ring-gai area.

We invite you to browse – and do feel free to Contact Us if we can assist you with any questions you may have – we’d love to hear from you!

Our unique collection on Ku-ring-gai includes:

  • Maps, both modern and historic
  • Databases on many local people and places
  • A number of informative books
  • Catalogued files of information collected over many years about Ku-ring-gai and its people
  • More than 18,000 local photos

These can all be viewed in our reading room at the historic Old Gordon Public School, featured in our website logo at the top of each page.

We are pleased to provide assistance with local historical research and advice, including on our local Built Environment and Families.

Our collections are held in the Old Gordon Public School, which adjoins the Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon (corner Pacific Highway and Park Avenue). See map, opening hours and parking information on our Contact page.

Our Collections / Donations Policy

Our primary mission is to collect, catalogue, and preserve materials and information relevant to the rich history of Ku-ring-gai, including its people, families and built heritage (property history).

We are dedicated to making this valuable knowledge accessible to members and researchers, aiding in the interpretation of Ku-ring-gai’s history.

Any donated items, such as photographs, publications or memorabilia, need to directly relate to Ku-ring-gai. We can accept original prints or slides; or if you prefer to keep your originals, we can scan them and then return them to you. We also greatly appreciate donations of high-resolution digital copies.

We encourage you to contact us to discuss the materials you would like to donate. This ensures that your donations align with our policy and can be readily accepted.

Thank you for your support in preserving the history of Ku-ring-gai!

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