Our Library

Our library contains a large collection of local and general history books; CDs, microfilm, microfiches and printouts of historical indices; and genealogy magazines from Australia, England, Ireland and Scotland. Many of these items may be borrowed.

Our book collection includes two rare books which are kept under lock and key. They may be read at “Willandra” but they may not be removed from the building.

These are:
Carmichael, R (1926)  Ryde 1790 – 1926
Levy, Michael  (1947)  Wallumetta: A History of Ryde and its District, 1792 – 1945   Ryde Municipal Council.

Our book collection includes the books published by the Society.

Including:
Smyth, Pat (2004)   Ryde Sketchbook.
Pat Smyth. A limited number of copies of this book are available for sale for $8.00 (plus postage)
Martin, Megan (1998)  A Pictorial History of Ryde. Kingsclear Books.
Copies of this book may be purchased from the Society for $25.00 (plus postage).
Martin, Megan (ed.) (1992)  Then & Now Photographic Book Ryde Bicentenary Mementos Task Force.
Geeves, Philip (1970)  A Place of Pioneers, The Centenary History of the Municipality of Ryde. Ryde Municipal Council.
Redding, George (1986)  A History of North Ryde 1850 – 1959. North Ryde Public School Ex-pupils History Group.
Wallace, Rod (1987)  100 Years of Field of Mars Reserve, 1887 – 1987   Ryde-Hunters Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society.
Schearer, W and Jenkins, B (eds) (1979)  Resource Book for Field Studies in the Ryde District. Association for Environmental Education (NSW)

Also:
Lang, Jack  I Remember
Poole, Philippa (ed.) The Diaries of Ethel Turner (the Author of Seven Little Australians)
Turnbull, Lucy   Sydney, Biography of a City
Hosken, Graeme   Digging for Diggers. A Guide to researching an Australian Soldier in the Great War 1914 – 1918.
And many more.