Community History

Located at Speers Point Library, the Lake Mac Libraries' Community History section, provides resources on Local and Family History.

Family History

Wright and Durham Family Portrait
Wright and Durham Family Portrait
Thought to be the yard of
Frederick and Maria Ann Wright
Smart Street Charlestown about 1924.

The Family History section provides an extensive collection of books, CD’s, Microfilm and FREE access to significant Family History databases for genealogical research;, British Newspaper Archive, Findmypast. Access our family history databases from all our branch libraries.

Our collection depends on members of the public for information and donation of materials for copying. If you have information on events, people or places in our region, past or present, and would like to share them please contact us on ph: 4921 0446.

Local History

Photo: Early photo of Sulphide Works, Cockle Creek
Early photo of Sulphide Works, Cockle Creek

Enjoy discovering the history of the Lake Macquarie region? You'll love our new history website Lake Macquarie History Online.

The website contains information on the social, cultural, industrial, and environmental history of the local area.

Library staff have researched and written individual narratives covering People, Places, Recreation, Aboriginal and Industrial histories. You'll find:

  • Suburb histories
  • Street name histories
  • The Cockle Creek Newsletter scanned and fully indexed
  • Historic maps
  • Historic photos
  • Sulphide Corporation newsletter and engagement records
  • and so much more...

Visit Lake Macquarie History Online