Resources at Auburn and Merrylands Library

Auburn library houses an excellent range of historic government documents, files, reports, and newspapers for the local area.
Research historical documents

Auburn historical collection

At Auburn Library, you'll find a vast range of historic government documents, files, reports, and newspapers for the local area. You can also access Auburn Triennial Reports and photos from this page. Additional photos can be seen at the Tony Maston Room in the Merrylands library. 

Some historical information is only available within the library, however, some items can be copied for research purposes on request.

Auburn collection of material


  • The Auburn & Lidcombe Advance (1925 to 1939)
  • Auburn & District News (1929)
  • The News (1945 to 1975)
  • The Auburn Review (1960 to present)
  • Auburn News (1975 to 1976)

Council documents

  • Local Environment Plan (LEP)
  • Council Minute
  • Annual Reports
  • Financial Report


  • Local Histories, including schools and churches
  • Heritage Reports
  • Environmental Studies
  • Development Records

Vertical files

A wide range of items with information about the Auburn area. Include information about:

  • Prominent landmarks
  • Buildings
  • People

Collected from newspaper clippings, pamphlets, personal research and more.

Auburn photographic collection

The online photographic collection shows the local area from as early as the 1890’s until the present day. It is a great resource for researching the changes that have happened in the area over the past one hundred years and more.

Triennial Reports

Download digitised reports from Auburn and Lidcombe Councils:

Merrylands collection of material

Tony Maston Room

Tony Maston (1911 to 2006) was a long-time resident and keen photographer who photographed much of Holroyd’s history since 1929 – along with neighbouring suburbs.

The room is located on Level 3 of the Merrylands library next to the Public Computer Centre. It contains information on CDs, Microfilm and Microfiche to help research family history.

Learn more about the Tony Maston Room. [link to Tony Maston Room page]

View over 300 of Tony’s photos on the Library’s Flickr page

Oral History Project

Hear what the region used to be like from those who lived here. The Cumberland Oral History Project provides digital recordings of older locals telling their stories.

  • Available for listening to in the Tony Maston Room
  • Interview logs are summarised and itemised in a dedicated folder
  • Interviews involved local residents, community workers, business people, students and volunteers discussing lifestyle, structures and the natural environment of the past
  • Interviews were recorded on audio tape by the Cumberland Senior Citizens Week Committee in conjunction with Merrylands Community Health Centre, between 1990 and 1992
  • Tapes were digitised in 2007
  • Recordings are unavailable outside the library building

Add to our history

Cumberland Council is expanding its Oral History collection and is looking for contributions from residents, business owners, workers or volunteers from the region, past and present.

If you would like to describe what the suburbs, homes, schools, businesses, transport and people were like in the area, please contact Council to contribute to this project.

For more information about Oral History Project, or to take part in an interview, please contact Council’s Local Studies Librarian on 02 8757 9375.