Social History and Collections


Lake Macquarie History

Lake Macquarie City Council provides the community with an innovative and efficient converged history service.

We collect the material culture of our region, preserving social history and local studies cultural collections for future generations.  We care for objects, archives, photographs, audiovisual material, ephemera, rare books and digital collections.

We maintain distributed local and family history print collections across Lake Mac Library branches.  We manage the Lake Mac History website.

We create social history exhibitions and heritage interpretation to communicate the history of our region.


We provide advice and outreach services to small museums and historical societies throughout the region.


We provide access to information about local history, photographs of the region, oral histories and digital books on the Lake Mac History website.

Visit Sugar Valley Library Museum or Rathmines Heritage Centre meet our region’s history through our exhibitions. 

Enjoy free access to databases like Ancestry, Findmypast and the Sydney Morning Herald free with your library membership. 

We can move books and other history resources through the library system to a branch of your choice.  Browse our catalogue and reserve items for collection at your most convenient branch.

Experience the city’s heritage through our culture trails and heritage walks.


Volunteers run regular tours of Sugar Valley Library Museum.

Sugar Valley Library Museum has regular programming to engage you in exploring the city’s history.

We co-create the annual festival History Illuminated to explore our shared stories.


Learn more about genealogy or receive help to solve your research brick wall.  Make a booking with the friendly volunteers from Lake Macquarie and District Family History Group at Speers Point Library.

Visit the West Wallsend District Heritage Group volunteers at Sugar Valley Library Museum.  They provide a weekly drop in service to help you understand and research the region’s history.


Get in touch and let us know how we can help you with your history enquiry or access to our collections.

(02) 4921 0111

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