Community History


Discover the history of Lake Macquarie. We collect and hold information relating to the peoples, environment, geography and history.

Historic photographs, scanned maps, rate records, suburbs and street names can be searched on the Lake Macquarie History website.

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.

We support local historical societies and museums with outreach initiatives.

What resources does Community History offer?

We have online, microfilm and print resources to help you with your research. Visit Swansea Library to use the Local History reference collection or Speers Point Library to use the Family History collection.

Search the online library catalogue to find out more about the resources we hold and their location before visiting.

How can Community History support you?

Our Community History service is here to help you with local and family 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.  Appointments are available at Swansea Library on Mondays or Speers Point Library on Tuesdays.

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.

How can I contact Community History?

We provide informal advice and research help via phone, email and appointments. If you have a more complex enquiry, please contact us to make an appointment or simply email your enquiry to us.

Street Address: Swansea Library, Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Hwy, Swansea NSW 2281
Phone: (02) 4921 0111