Portrait of Wilson Gamble at Mosman Library, 1947.

Local Studies

The Local Studies Collection is located in the Mosman Room and is open during Library hours. The collection includes current and retrospective material on Mosman people, places and events. The collection includes books, serials, maps and plans, pictorial works, audiovisual, ephemera and CD-ROM resources.

Exhibitions are on display throughout the year. Workshops and outreach activities are held regularly. Events to celebrate Mosman’s Heritage are held in conjunction with the National Trust’s Heritage Festival and the History Council’s History Week.

Staff members are available to assist with enquiries, however it is advisable to make an appointment with the Local Studies Librarian if the enquiry is complex.

  • Mosman Memories of Your Street

    An invaluable record of personal narratives and pictures, revealing living memories of Mosman past.

  • Mosman Voices

    Mosman Library holds a large oral history collection, dating back to the early 1980s. Here you can listen to history from those who have lived it.

  • Mosman Faces

    What’s a story without pictures? Mosman Faces is a visual story of Mosman through filmed interviews complemented by scanned images of materials from Mosman’s Local Studies Collection.

  • Genealogy

    Located in the Mosman Room, The Family History Collection consists of birth, death and marriage records for all Australian States, as well as cemetery registers, electoral rolls, probate indexes, shipping records, handbooks and directories.

  • Trace

    The Carroll Collection includes photographs, drawings and maps covering the period 1789 to 1966. There is also a selection of images from the Mosman Local Studies Collection dating up to the 1980s.

  • Researching the history of a Mosman property

    Resources that can assist in researching and compiling a history of properties in Mosman – both homes and business premises.

  • Publications

    From garbage removal to the naming of streets, reputable authors provide quality publications that reveal the rich history of Mosman. All are for sale in the Library.

  • Donations

    A unique perspective on the history of Mosman is revealed through the sharing of your hidden treasures with the Library, creating a valuable addition to the collection.

  • Local Studies Collection on Flickr

    A small selection of items from our Local Studies Collection can be viewed on the community photo sharing site, Flickr.