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Local studies

This research collection includes information on the history of Auburn area, including family history re​sources, photographs of the local area and Auburn City Council information.

This collection is housed at the Auburn Library and is available for use in the library only. Certain items can be copied for research purposes, please ask staff for more details.

Aerial photograph Auburn Shopping Centre about 1948 looking West from intersection Rawson Street and Station Road​

Auburn Library Local History Collection

Newspaper Collection

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

Council Documents

  • Local Environmental Plan ( LEP)
  • Council Minutes
  • Annual Reports
  • Financial Report 

Family History

  • Sands Directory
  • Election Rolls
  • Research Guides
  • Historical Records


  • Local Histories including Schools and Churches
  • Heritage Reports
  • Environmental Studies
  • Development Records

Vertical File

This Collection contains a wide range of items that provide information about the Auburn area, including information about prominent landmarks, buildings and people collected from newspaper clippings, pamphlets, personal research and other ephemera.
Auburn Railway Station c1905.

Triennial Reports

Digitisted report from Auburn & Lidcombe Councils.


 Triennial Reports

Auburn Triennial Report 1951-1953 D
Auburn Triennial Report 1954-1956 D
Auburn Triennial Report 1957-1959 D
Auburn Triennial Report 1960-1962 D
Auburn Triennial Report 1963-1965 D
Auburn Triennial Report 1966-1968 D
Auburn Triennial Report 1969-1971 D
Auburn Triennial Report 1972-1974 D
Auburn Triennial Report 1975-1977 D
Auburn Triennial Report 1978-1980 D
Auburn Triennial Report 1981-1983 D
Lidcombe Triennial Report 1920-1922 D
Lidcombe Triennial Report 1932-1934 D
Lidcombe Triennial Report 1935-1937 D
Mayor's Report 1938-1941 D
Mayor's Report for Triennial Term 1945-1947 D

Auburn Library Photographic Collection

The Photographic Collection contains photographs from the local 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. The Collection is accessible via the link provided, as well as being searchable via the Auburn Library Catalogue.


J. Ramon's Cheap House Furniture east side Auburn Road about 1925. gives users instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research. It can be accessed within any Auburn City Library Service branch, either from one of our public Internet computers or on your own laptop via our wireless network. 

Entrance to Lidcombe Oval about 1935.

Enquires about the Local Studies Collection

For information on the collection and how to use it, please ask staff at Auburn Library Reference Desk, or contact the Community Liaison Librarian on (02) 9735 1250 or by email to