All our libraries have family and local history collections.

The local and family history collection includes:

  • books
  • photographs
  • maps
  • manuscripts
  • ephemera (programs, tickets, flyers etc.)
  • access to Ancestry and Find my Past (Australian and UK editions) - for use in the library only. 
  • access to various historical records on our PCs and microform readers.

Ask at the information desk for assistance accessing these resources.

While none of the material is available for loan, most items within these collections are available for referral within the library. However some records and documents are not available for public use because of the archival nature of the collection.

Accessing restricted collections

Use of Restricted Local History material is at the discretion of the Local and Family History Librarian as some of the material is both fragile and irreplaceable.

Members of the public may apply online for access to a restricted item or in person at one of the Libraries. Requests may take several days to process.

Local history photographs

The libraries have an extensive collection of local history photographs. Whilst these can be freely viewed on our web catalogue, they may be under copyright protection and cannot be reproduced without permission.

To order a copy of a photo or to get permission to publish them, you'll need to submit the relevant form, available below.

Researching your family history and local area

Plaques and memorials in the city of Boroondara

There are over 80 plaques and memorials located across the City of Boroondara, identifying locations and people of historical significance to the former cities of Hawthorn, Kew and Camberwell.

View our interactive map.

Local and family history online resources

Online resources exploring archives, genealogy, museums, births deaths and marriages, and more.

Online Trails

Discover your local area via our online trails – the Gardiner's creek trail, Glenferrie Road and the Outer Circle Anniversary Trail.

Local and family history blog

Telling Tales for news and information, maps and photographs.

City of Boroondara Local History Wiki this is a community resource, we welcome contributions from individuals and organisations who have further information to share.

Other resources

Victorian Microform and CDROM resources – Victorian microform resources – births, deaths, marriages, passenger lists and more.

National Microform and CDROM resources – microform resources from other Australian states, as well as international and general resources.