History & Heritage
Beyond the limits of holiday nostalgia, the past is waiting to explore
For such a small area, the Kiama region has so much to share of its past – both from Indigenous culture and the two centuries since European settlement. Throughout the municipality, you’ll find information signs that provide a window into how things used to be. And if you want a little guidance, we have two ways to learn a little more.
HERITAGE WALK BROCHURE
Immerse yourself in the area’s timeline by grabbing a copy of the Heritage Walks brochure. This simple brochure maps out historically significant points of interest in Kiama town centre and surrounds, Gerringong and Jamberoo.
MY PLACE: A DIGITAL TOUR OF KIAMA
Download the Kiama Library tours app for your iPhone, iPad or Android device and follow your virtual guide around the highlights of Kiama. The tour includes 15 points of interest, six audio components and takes approximately 45 minutes to navigate through – the perfect complement to your walk.
Learn about Gerringong's rich history.Our exhibit of local dairying and farming history includes dozens of artefacts from properties in the region.Scale Models of local buildings display our varied architectural past.Learn about Sir Charles Kingsford Smith's epic 1933 trans-Tasman flight from Seven Mile Beach to New Plymouth.We also have local family history records, census data as well as hundreds of books and photographs.GERRINGONG & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETYThe GDHS is a small but active society dedicated to preserving the history of the Gerringong district.The boundaries of the area covered range from Mount Pleasant and Omega in the north, to Rose Valley, Willow Vale and Foxground in the west, and to Broughton Village, Toolijooa, Harley Hill, Gerroa and Seven Mile Beach in the south. In the centre of the area lies the town of Gerringong itself, and the nearby area of Werri Beach.The Gerringong area was first settled in the late 1820s, initially by cedar cutters. As the land was cleared, dairy farming became the predominant industry, and remains so to this day. The town of Gerringong was officially proclaimed on January 17th, 1854.Learn More
Step into Kiama's past and discover the maritime and regional museum. Built in 1881, the restored Pilot's Cottage provides information on history relating to shipping, the cedar industry and bassalt quarries in the Region.Run entirely by volunteersLearn More
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What is Freemasonry? Freemasonry had its roots in ancient Egypt and was active as a 'trade organisation' for stonemasons in medieval times. Since the 1700's it has welcomed a broader membership and today Freemasonry is more relevant than ever, giving men, from all walks of life, support to navigate changing times and become the best they can be, to support each other and to enhance their communities. Freemasonry is an international movement with over six million members worldwide but it works very much within the local community. It is founded on a system of knowledge that uses many ancient symbols and stories to pass on its humanitarian values and timeless wisdom. The tradition provides values that transcend materialism and complement the codes of all great faiths. Our values are non-denominational, ethical and based on deep respect for every human being. Despite many misapprehensions, Freemasonry is not a religion, a cult or a conspiracy. Nor does it have any sinister motives or practices. Lodge Kiama No.35, United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Meets on the 2nd Thursday each month, Tyling at 7pm.Learn More