The Mosman Local Studies Collection is located in the Mosman Room in Barry O’Keefe Library. The collection comprises current and retrospective material on the people, places and events that make Mosman unique. Topics covered include indigenous history, the natural environment, social history, the built environment and current issues.
A wide range of formats are kept such as books, original documents, newspapers, manuscripts, serials, maps, plans, photographs, art works, ephemera, ceramics, textiles, audio and CD-ROM resources.
While collecting relevant resources is one of the essential roles of Local Studies it is just as important to make them available to the community. This is undertaken in a few ways through exhibitions – in house and online, workshops, and outreach activities such as talks.
The Mosman Local Studies Collection is available during library hours. It is not necessary to be a member of the Library to consult the collection. Staff is available to assist with enquiries; however it is advisable to make an appointment with the Local Studies Librarian if the enquiry is complex.
Personal narratives and photographs sharing living memories of Mosman’s past.
Listen to extracts from interviews with locals which have been collected over decades and which now form the valuable Mosman Oral History Collection.
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.
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.
Find local photographs, documents, newspapers, council minutes, maps, subdivision plans, oral histories, realia, ephemera, textiles and ceramics. Digitising the collection is ongoing and new items are always being added to Trace.
Mosman population and demographics.
A guide to resources that may assist in the study of the local built environment including homes, business premises and public buildings.
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.
A look at some of the wonderful items donated to the Local Studies Collection from past and current residents, local businesses and community groups.
The Mosman Historical Society is a community based Society that aims to promote the history and heritage of Mosman as well as Australian history in general.
During the 1940s, Mosman became the home of two famous names in pottery, Rose Noble and Vande.