Local History

We have a collection of books covering the history of Darebin for you to borrow or to read in the library.
If you would like help, a request for information can be submitted in the library or online.

Darebin Heritage

Explore your history by visiting Darebin Heritage our new and exciting online resource. You can browse through our ever-growing collection of photographs, articles and early newspapers to learn about the people, places and events that have shaped our past.
The website is an invaluable resource for local and family history researchers, students and those who are simply curious about the area in which they live.

Local History Archives

Search our Local History Archives for Local History Images.  Seach for digital images of houses photographed in Alphington, Northcote, Fairfield and Thornbury in 1982 and images of items of Local significance.

How to use the Local History Archives
To search for houses in Bastings Street for example just type in Bastings in the search box.
Click on the View Image link to view the image.
You can also search for a house style such as Victorian, Edwardian, Federation by typing this in the search box.
NB: There are many quick links on the menus on the left and right that you can click on.

Darebin Libraries offers this collection of images copyright free for study, research or private purposes.  Any prospective commercial usage must be discussed with the Team Leader Information and Community Learning.

Standard charges exist for the provision of any higher resolution images.

Local Newspapers

Local newspapers are a rich source of information for local and family history.
Access to the following newspapers is available at Preston Library:

Northcote Leader (Leader Budget)

Preston Leader (Post Times)

1888 – 2010 available on computers in the Genealogy area at Preston Library 

1978 – 2010 available on computers in the Genealogy area at Preston Library 

1888 – 1939 online
Darebin Heritage

2011 – print copy only

2011 – print copy only


Print copies from the current year are available at Northcote, Reservoir and Preston for use within the library.

Local History Books for sale

Surviving the six o'clock swill: A History of Darebin's Hotels
by Gary Edge
$9.90 inc GST 

 - Six Oclock Swill