The North Sydney Heritage Centre is committed to documenting the social and cultural heritage of the local area, with a particular focus on the built environment.
The Heritage Centre collects and makes available primary and secondary material for a wide range of historical research, including family history, house histories and heritage reports.
The Centre houses the David Earle Local Studies Collection, the Merle Coppell Oral History Collection, and a significant proportion of the North Sydney Council Archives. Some of this material is also available online in our Heritage Databases.
Historical Services staff provide assistance with research, mount regular exhibitions, conduct public activities for History and Heritage weeks and manage our local museums, Don Bank Museum and Sextons Cottage at St Thomas' Rest Park.
Please ask at the Customer Service Desk for assistance when the Local Studies Reference Desk is closed.
North Sydney Heritage Centre brochure (1MB)
Fees and Charges
Research requests received by the Heritage Centre are FREE for those finding the information themselves with assistance from desk staff. Fees and charges apply to research enquiries lodged with library staff in person, by mail, fax, email or telephone. The amount charged is based on how long it takes us to do the necessary research and prepare a response for you. If an answer cannot be supplied on the spot in less than one hour, clients will be charged the following fees (calculated to nearest hour):
- Straightforward enquiries commenced by clients but lodged with staff to complete will incur a fee of $28 per hour for individuals (20 day turnaround) and $45 for firms/consultants (10 day turnaround).
- Enquiries lodged by clients who cannot visit the Heritage Centre in person will receive the first hour of research free, but will then be advised that a fee of $30 per hour for research thereafter applies and will be completed in a 20 day turnaround.
- Enquiries, including property research enquiries, lodged by consultants/firms will incur a fee of $50 per hour and be processed within a 20 day turnaround.
Where can I get a copy of the Heritage Database Sheet for my property in North Sydney?
New South Wales Heritage Office allows you to search the State Heritage Register which contains the Heritage Database sheets for North Sydney LGA, as well as links to online lists of practising heritage architects and planners.