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History FAQs

How do I access the Local History Collection or Council Archives?

The Local History Collection is held at Marrickville Library and can be accessed during normal opening hours.

The Archives are held at Petersham Town Hall and are open to the public on Wednesdays from 9.30am-5pm. Appointments are essential. Email an appointment to history@innerwest.nsw.gov.au.

The Local History Collection and Council Archives can’t be borrowed. They can only be used in the Library or Archives for research purposes.

What resources, information and records do you hold?

The Council Archives holds the surviving historical records of the former Marrickville, Petersham and St Peters Councils. Dating from 1861, records include property valuation and rate books, Council meeting minutes and Council correspondence files. Click here for a complete list of Archives holdings.

The Local History Collection contains a wide range of resources about the historical and contemporary development of the Marrickville area. The collection includes books, journals, subdivision plans, newspaper clippings and unpublished research about places, families and prominent people in the local area. The collection also includes photographs and objects that document and illustrate the cultural heritage of the local community.

The family history collection contains books, online databases, cemetery records, birth, death and marriage records and other resources that can help you trace your family history.

Records not held in our collections include: hospital, parish or children’s home records, Sands Sydney Directory, Birth, Death or Marriage records, Newtown Council records, Sydney Metropolitan Detail maps or digitised newspapers.

How do I search the collections?

Search our digital collections to view photographs and subdivision plans. Start with a keyword search eg Marrickville Road to locate a list of photos or plans relating to Marrickville Road.

Search the library catalogue to locate items in our Local History Collection.

Click here for a complete list of Archives holdings. 

Why aren’t Archives records online?

The Archives holds over 320 linear metres of hard copy records. Our most highly used records have been digitised and we are working to make these available online.

How do I find out about the history of my house?

You can research the history of your house at the Archives. Appointments are essential. Email history@innerwest.nsw.gov.au for an appointment.

In some cases information is available about significant houses, in the Local History Collection. Published books, journals, clippings files or Council heritage studies contain listings and photographs of local buildings of conservation value.

Can you help me with my research?

In person

History staff are available to provide advice on resources in the collections and finding information on a specific topic. Appointments are essential. Email history@innerwest.nsw.gov.au for an appointment.

Paid house history research

If you don’t want to, or can’t carry out research yourself, you can pay for staff to do it for you. The fee for house history research is $223.60 (GST inclusive), or $111.30 (GST inclusive) for Pensioner Card/Health Card Holders. Email history@innerwest.nsw.gov.au to make an enquiry.

Paid local and family history research

$112.10 (GST inclusive)

Can I buy copies of photos?

Yes, you can purchase images for a fee. Email history@innerwest.nsw.gov.au requesting your chosen image. Please note, not all images are available.

The following fees are applied

Digital image – non-commercial use $17.60 (GST inclusive)

Digital image – non-commercial use Pensioner Card/Health Care Card Holder $8.90 (GST inclusive)

Digital image – commercial use $59.50 (GST inclusive)

Do you accept donations?

We accept items relating to the history and development of the local area including photos, records, items and objects from individuals, families, associations, clubs or businesses. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept everything offered to us. Materials will be evaluated by the History Team prior to being accepted.

We do not accept

Materials where ownership is unknown or might be disputed.

Long term loans of historical materials.

Material on superseded formats.

Items that are difficult to manage due to their physical limitations.

Items prohibited by law.

How do I make comments, compliments or complaints?

We welcome your feedback on our service and collections and value your opinion and suggestions for improvement. To make a comment, compliment or complaint, use the online enquiry form or write to us at Marrickville Library, PO Box 79, Marrickville  NSW  1475.