Welcome to the Penrith City Local History site.

These blog pages have been created from an interest in recording, writing and communicating the history of the Penrith City area. Local historical material on Penrith and its surrounding areas can be found in the Research Room of Penrith City Library and with local historical groups.

This project has been created by Penrith Library staff, volunteers and supporting local and family historians.

Contact Penrith Library’s Research Services 02 4732 7899 during Research Room open hours (2 pm – 5 pm Monday to Sunday) or email  any time at researchservices@penrith.city

These pages provide information on our Regional City’s history.

  • Makings of a City History Conference – Information about Penrith Library’s past history conferences. Penrith City Library have hosted an annual history conference since 2002, which focused on major local historical events. Speakers were local historians and enthusiasts, and professional and academic historians, who have informed and engendered discussion on the history of the local area.
  • Local history publications for sale at Penrith City Library 
  • Penrith City Library Catalogue. Use All Resources search to find information and Archives in the drop down menu to search for photographs and articles relating to the local area. The collections are mostly held in the Research Room. This room includes the Library’s Local Studies collection, Technical Library, and History Support Collection.                                              
  • Nepean Times on National Library of Australia’s Trove – our local newspaper from 1882-1962

Additional information can be accessed by contacting Penrith Library’s Research Room on   (02) 47327899 or email at researchinquirys@penrith.city