Local History

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Darebin Libraries offer a number of resources online and in our libraries to assist with your local history research. 
Online Resources

Darebin Heritage - browse our local history website, with over 900 articles on Darebin's history, a collection of photographs, historical newspapers, oral histories and even fun local history activities for children. If you need help getting started, watch our Darebin Heritage how to video guide

Darebin Archives - search our catalogue of historical items held by Darebin Libraries. There are over 3,000 items already added to our catalogue and it is continually growing.

Copies of our photographs can be purchased from as little as $10. 

Library Resources 

All branches of Darebin Libraries have a collection of printed local history books.

At Preston Library we also hold a number of other resources accessible on our Family History PC's including:


  • Local newspapers dating back to 1888
  • Directories 

  • City of Northcote rate books from the 1890s