Community History

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Local History

Discover the history of Lake Macquarie – information relating to the people, environment, geography and history. Historic photographs, scanned maps, suburbs and street names can be searched on the Lake Macquarie History Online website.

Visit Lake Macquarie History Online

What does the Community History team do?

Community History maintains the Local History, Family History and Museum and Social History Collections and the Lake Macquarie History website. We offer outreach services to local schools and community groups, as well as assisting residents and visitors with research enquiries.

We also create exhibitions for SEEN@Swansea, Lake Mac Libraries and Rathmines Heritage Centre, and support local historical societies and museums with collection management and training initiatives.

What resources does Community History offer?

We have online and print resources to help you with your research. Historic photos, maps, documents, oral history recordings and local history stories can be found here.

Visit the Speers Point Library branch to use the local history reference collection or search the online library catalogue to find out more about the resources we hold before visiting.

How can Community History support you?

Our Community History service is here to help you with local history. We welcome enquiries from residents and visitors. You can make a free appointment with our staff if you need help with your research or have a question about the history of the region. Contact us to make an appointment or email us with your enquiry.

We provide free talks and educational resources to your community group or school. Contact us to discuss the needs of your class or group. If you have a social history collection that you would like our support with or if you would like to exhibit at SEEN@Swansea, please contact us.

Lake Macquarie Family History Group volunteers are available at the Speers Point Library branch every Friday from 10am-1pm. They offer free, expert family history research help. There’s no need to make a booking, just visit our friendly volunteers at the library.

When are Community History staff available to help me?

We provide informal advice and research help during normal weekday opening hours at Speers Point Library. If you have a more complex enquiry, please contact us to make an appointment or simply email your enquiry to us.

Street Address: Speers Point Library, 139 Main Road, Speers Point NSW 2284
Phone: (02) 4921 0446
Email: history@lakemac.nsw.gov.au
Website: history.lakemac.com.au