Local history collections
A summary of Cumberland City Library Service's Local History Collection can be viewed in Local History Resources for Cumberland City Council Area.
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.
Available to view at Auburn Library
- 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)
- Local Histories, including schools and churches
- Heritage Reports
- Environmental Studies
- Development Records
Download digitised reports from Auburn and Lidcombe Councils:
- Auburn Triennial Report 1951 to 1953 D (PDF, 2.4 MB)
- Auburn Triennial Report 1954 to 1956 D (PDF, 2.29 MB)
- Auburn Triennial Report 1957 to 1959 D (PDF, 1.8 MB)
- Auburn Triennial Report 1960 to 1962 D (PDF, 2.5 MB)
- Auburn Triennial Report 1963 to 1965 D (PDF, 3.6 MB)
- Auburn Triennial Report 1966 to 1968 D (PDF, 2.53 MB)
- Auburn Triennial Report 1969 to 1971 D (PDF, 2.66 MB)
- Auburn Triennial Report 1972 to 1974 D (PDF, 3.25 MB)
- Auburn Triennial Report 1975 to 1977 D (PDF, 2.86 MB)
- Auburn Triennial Report 1978 to 1980 D (PDF, 3.05 MB)
- Auburn Triennial Report 1981 to 1983 D (PDF, 2.08 MB)
- Lidcombe Triennial Report 1920 to 1922 D (PDF, 2.58 MB)
- Lidcombe Triennial Report 1932 to 1934 D (PDF, 3.96 MB)
- Lidcombe Triennial Report 1935 to 1937 D (PDF, 4.02 MB)
- Mayor’s Report 1938 to 1941 D (PDF, 2.13 MB)
- Mayor’s Report for Triennial Term 1945 to 1947 D (PDF, 1.13 MB)
Available to view at Merrylands Library
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.