Local History Collection
Gosford City Library boasts an excellent collection of historical and current references that relate specifically to the Gosford City Council area and the Central Coast.
The collection includes books, images, oral histories, serials, pamphlets and newspapers, and is located in the Central Library in Donnison Street, Gosford. Other Libraries have a smaller Local Area collection.
Local History Resources on the Web
These fact sheets, pamphlets and database have been put together by library staff to assist students and other interested persons to find basic local history information.
- Gostalgia - Gosford Local History on Flickr
Gostalgia (feelings of nostalgia for the Gosford area) will be evoked in this fun and easy to use gallery of local photographs, memorabilia and other interesting and colourful stuff! Gostalgia is ideal for school project material. Enjoy!
- Gosford and District in Pictures database
Thousands of historic photographs from the Local Studies Collection of Gosford City Library. Search by locality, subject or theme. A great resource for students, local and family historians.
- Local Histories
Brief fact sheets on the histories of local suburbs including Gosford, Erina, Kincumber and Wyoming, and of major events in the local area.
- Place names in the local area
Find the meaning and/or origin of the name of your suburb!
- Gosford and Brisbane Water Pioneers
Information on early district families drawn from a wide range of primary sources
- Subdivision Maps
Historic maps from the 1880s to the 1930s showing the development of the Gosford area.
These maps are used with kind permission of the State Library of NSW.
- Gosford District guides 1900s-1960s
These guides were published from the 1900s to 1960s to encourage tourism and commerce in the Gosford area. They provide historic information as well as giving an interesting overview of what life was like in the area at this time. These guides are great for school projects!
- Trove (National Library of Australia)
- Australian Newspapers 1803-1954
Virtual volunteers can sign on to text-correct Gosford local history and other articles. All you need is the Internet! Volunteer anytime it suits you for this fun and addictive hobby!
Useful external sites on the Web
- Picture Australia
- Picman (NSW State Library photo database)
- National Archives of Australia
- NSW State Records
- Convict Trail - Great North Road
- Ourimbah: History of a New South Wales Timber Town
- Society of Australian Genealogists
- American Memory - historical collections for the National Digital Library