Local History at Connected Libraries


Our Local History Librarian oversees local history resources for the library service and maintains the Local History Archive at Cranbourne Library, supports local Heritage Groups and works with Councils to promote and preserve our history.

For advice about research, collection management and history enquiries, please use our Local History Enquiry Form below or contact the Local History Librarian at Cranbourne Library on (03) 5990 0150.

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Archival materials

There are a range of published and unpublished documents, images and books kept in the Local History Archive at Cranbourne Library. These items record the history of the entire Casey Cardinia region, including past councils, people, places, organisations and groups. Please submit an enquiry form below or contact our Local History Librarian on 5990 0150 to arrange access.

Historic Rate and Minute Books

Connected Libraries offers patrons access to the rate and minute book records generated by the former Shires of Cranbourne, Berwick and Pakenham. This was a project between the Cardinia Shire, the City of Casey and Connected Libraries.

Rates available are:
Berwick Shire Rates: 1875 to 1965
Cranbourne Shire Rates: 1863 to 1950

Historic Newspapers

There are a number of local newspapers that cover our local area which have been in publication for many years.

To find historic issues of these and other titles, which are available online, visit Trove – the National Library Archive.

Outreach Presentations

Our Local History Librarian offers free presentations on general, local and/or family history topics of your choice to local schools, community groups and organisations.

The presentations include images from our archives and are tailored to be suitable for all ages.

Submit an enquiry form below to organise a session or find out more.

Family History

Access free online at your local library with your library card.

For more family research support, explore these Genealogy sites.

Local History Enquiry Form

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