Local History

The Wagga Wagga Local Studies Collection is a special collection that provides a focus for the preservation and access to documents detailing the development of our local community. Material from the Local Studies collection is not for loan but can be accessed during normal library opening hours.

Items in the collection include books, reports/environmental studies, newspaper microfilm, maps, photographs, journals, cemetery records, oral histories and family history materials; resources available range from those suitable for use by primary school students to detailed data suitable for advanced research at a tertiary level.

The Local Studies Collection benefits from the involvement of our community through help from volunteers and knowledge and expertise of local historians. If you have items that would be appropriate for our collection that you are willing to donate or allow us to use, please contact the library. Any background information to photographs in our collection and written accounts of your early memories of the local area are also welcome.

Popular Research Tools

A selection of interesting historical photographs from our Local Studies Collection are available to browse on Flickr.

Local Studies Photograph Collection

The Cemetery Mapping Portal is a tool which may assist you to find your deceased relatives within the cemetery via various search capabilities and overall maps.

Cemetery Record Search

Family History

If you are researching your family history, in addition to searching our local studies resources we recommend contacting the Wagga Wagga and District Family History Society.

The State Library of NSW have also put together an excellent resource for tracing NSW First Nations Family History.

First Nations Family History Research Guide