New Research Room launched 9 May 2019

Penrith Library’s new Research Room and study rooms

On 9 May 2019 the Library officially launched its newly refurbished areas. The Library’s Research Room, reading and reference areas and computer zone areas were refurbished. Penrith Council’s Mayor Ross Fowler welcomed everyone providing them with some local library history and anecdotes. Sarah Dean, the Library Services Manager thanked all of those involved with the project. The Library’s two new study rooms have been named after its first two chief librarians, Margaret Trask AM BA Mlib FLAA (1948-56, 1958-63) and Joan Pearson (1956-58). Many members of Joan’s family travelled from Newcastle for the occasion. We thank them very much for doing so.

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Our Research Room Revealed

Connecting People, Places and the Past

Penrith City Library Research Room

Check out the heritage festival website

And Penrith Library events

Monday 29 April l 10am to 12pm 
Q&A and Family history help
with Nepean Family History Society

Tuesday 30 April l 10am to 12pm 
Researching local history using local resources and council records 
with Ann-maree Bonner, Penrith City Librarian
Bookings essential

Tuesday 30 April l 6.30pm to 7.30pm 
Searching NSW Land Records Online
with Researcher Steve Ford 
Bookings essential

Wednesday 1 May l 6.30pm to 7.30pm 
1919: Penrith and the ‘flu – the impact of the Spanish flu in Penrith and St Marys districts
with Lorraine Stacker, Penrith City Librarian
Bookings essential

Thursday 2 May l 10am to 12pm
An introduction to and Q&A 
with Latter-day Saints volunteers 

Friday 3 May l 10am to 12pm 
Penrith Library’s photographic and postcard collections 
with Alison Spencer, Penrith City Librarian
Bookings essential

Saturday 4 May and Sunday 5 May – 9am to 5pm 
Research Room open all day

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Research Room refurbishment well under way

Penrith City Library’s Research Room has moved and its staff are temporarily located in the new room until the staff areas are completed. Everything is on track for 11 March reopening of the refurbished study and computer areas, and Research Room.

For any enquiries about what is happening, please contact us on 02 47327886 or via email

Looking through the Research Room glass wall towards the Library study and computer area
Yes, that is the Nepean Times tucked in behind a pile of archive boxes
Our Research Room collections are in – just. We have some work to do yet to make it looking good before the reopening
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Display of archaeological finds from the Lochwood Estate

In 2016 the remains of a 200 year old cottage, farm buildings and over 1,000 objects were discovered during an archaeological excavation as part of the construction of the new Oakdale South Industrial Estate, just 25 km east of Penrith.

Penrith City Library is hosting a display of a small selection of the 1,000 objects found during the excavation that had been left behind by the many people who had lived on the property. As well as farm and building items, such as nails, bricks and horseshoes, the excavation uncovered personal and household items, such as a brooch, beads, pins, a thimble, a toothbrush handle, marbles, coins, clay smoking pipes, ceramic and glass fragments, and slate writing board fragments and ink wells. The archaeological remains and artefacts from the Lochwood Estate have been assessed as being of ‘State significance’ in demonstrating the daily life and economy of the earliest colonial settlers in rural areas of NSW.

The display has been developed by Artefact Heritage, and kindly sponsored by Goodman.


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Penrith City Library 2019 History Calendar

2019 calendar

Our 2019 history calendar is now for sale.

Purchases can be made at Penrith Library’s service desks or Nepean Family History Society

On sale for $10

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Noble work recognised: Penrith City Library remembers the Great War.

On 21 November, the Library hosted a commemorative event to recognise the work and sacrifice of our local men and women during the First World War. Our last Our Fallen booklet was given out to attendees. These booklets have contained the biographies of each local fallen soldier and can be found on this website at The Noble Work Recognised Project for 2019 was also launched – this publication project will include all of our previous Our Fallen booklets, plus biographies of local nurses who served as well as the stories of the men who returned.

The night also included a talk by Dr Penny Stannard, curator at State Archives. She spoke on State Archives’ photographic exhibition, Windows into Wartime, which is currently in the Library. Researcher Steve Ford also spoke on researching military ancestors. Steve also presented the Library with photographs of headstones of local soldiers in France.

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Windows into Wartime – Home front insights through the lens of NSW government photographers


Penrith City Library is hosting this NSW State Archives exhibition from 24 October to 30 November 2018.

The exhibition presents a selection of historical images taken by government photographers during the time of Australia’s involvement in the War to the cusp of its transition into post war society. This exhibition provides insights into the home front during the First World War, 1914-1918.

Please note: exhibition is unavailable on Wednesday mornings and Thursday 15 November 2018

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Noble work recognised: Penrith City Library remembers the Great War

Mertoun Mills

Save the date – 21 November 2018

Time:  6pm for 6.30pm

Supper on arrival

An evening of reflection to mark the end of the Great War 100 years ago. The evening will be filled with information sharing, remembrance and storytelling. This special evening event will be our way to pay tribute to the five years of service to our country by our local men and women.

The evening will include:

*         Talk by Steven Ford on researching our family’s military history

*         Talk by Lorraine Stacker, Penrith Librarian and the presentation

of the final (1918) Our Fallen booklet to those present. Lorraine will also launch the Library’s publication project Noble work recognised: the City of Penrith remembers the Great War. This publication will be launched October 2019 and will include the biographies of our fallen soldiers, the biographies of our local nurses who served in the war, selected biographies of those who returned, histories of local honor rolls and war memorials and soldier settlements.

*         Talk by Dr Penny Stannard, NSW State Archives Senior Exhibitions

Curator on the Windows into Wartime exhibition that will be in Penrith Library from 24 October to 30 November

A special evening not to be missed. Tickets ($5) will go on sale from 22 October – so save the date.

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West Fest event – 10 October 2018

Penrith City Council and Penrith City Library are hosting three events as part of West Fest – an event celebrating the culture and heritage of Western Sydney organised by Office of Environment and Heritage. West Fest is a two week festival which will be held in multiple locations across Western Sydney from 6-21 October 2018.

Three events will be held in Penrith City Library.

Heritage Seminar Series: Everyday management of your heritage item

A seminar designed for people who own heritage items and want to know more about cost-effective and practical ways of looking after them. Learn how to diagnose common heritage building issues, how to access information and support, and how to find professionals and tradespeople who can give you the advice you need.

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: Penrith Library

Tickets are free but need to be booked through the West Fest website
Register your attendance

Heritage Seminar Series: Heritage advice for real estate agents

In this one hour session, designed specifically for real estate agents, learn more about how to find information about heritage properties and what heritage listing might mean for a new owner. Bring your own laptop or tablet to get some hands-on practice during the session.

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Penrith Library

Tickets are free but need to be booked through the West Fest website
Register your attendance

Code Club for Kids

As part of West Fest, the Heritage Near Me program is hosting free coding workshops for kids aged 8–12 years across Western Sydney. Code Club for Kids will teach beginner coding skills over a 60 min lesson using the platform ‘Scratch’. Kids will explore the culture and heritage of Western Sydney while learning how to build games and animations using block coding!

This event is delivered in partnership with Code Club Australia, a charity with the aim of giving every child the skills, confidence and opportunity to shape their world through digital technologies education.

Everything is provided, and each child needs to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time: 10am, 11.30 am, 2pm and 3.30pm
Location: Penrith Library

Tickets are free but need to be booked through the West Fest website
Register your child’s attendance


The Penrith City Library Local Studies Room will be also be open and staffed all day until 6pm on this day – feel free to wander in and have a chat about how we can help you find out more about the history of your house and the local area.

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UNSW’s Short course in Managing Historical Documents



The UNSW Short Course in Managing Historical Documents, which will be offered over two consecutive weeks from Monday 5th November to Friday 16th November, 2018, through the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of NSW, will be of interest to persons who are responsible for the care, control, custody and management of archives and historical documents in schools and colleges, local public libraries, community organisations, hospitals, religious congregations, museums and historical societies.

Stage 1 (Week 1) of the Short Course will be conducted in the Morven Brown Building at the School of Humanities and Languages on the Kensington Campus of the University of NSW, during which four visits will be made to archival institutions in the Sydney Metropolitan Area with the aim of illustrating the theoretical principles underpinning the work of the professional Archivist in controlling archives and historical records as applied in a variety of archival contexts.

Stage 2 (Week 2) of the Course will comprise an Archives Field Practicum of five days’ duration at the Seymour Centre, the performing arts centre of the University of Sydney, where participants will undertake the identification, differentiation, arrangement and description of the archives of the Seymour Centre, and compile an inventory of the archives of the Centre for the University of Sydney Archives and for the Seymour Centre. The Short Course is of particular relevance to Local Studies Librarians who are responsible for the management of Local Government Council Archives and collections of personal papers and the archives of community organisations.

The Application Form and details about the Short Course can be found at the following url:

For enquiries about the content of the Short Course in Managing Historical Documents for 2018contact:

Dr Peter Orlovich
Visiting Fellow
School of Humanities & Languages
University of NSW
Telephone: 9587 0377


Note from Penrith City Library

I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in finding the best solution for archiving to all of those pieces of paper, documents, ephemera, photographs etc. I completed this course many years ago and I am still benefiting from it, at work and at home.

Lorraine Stacker
Library Research Services Supervisor
Penrith City Library

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