More house history resources

More house history resources

Researching your house history

The City of Sydney's historians have curated this list of books, guides and websites to help you research the history of your home or property.

The list is maintained in Trove, the National Library of Australia's digital catalogue and community.

The list was last updated on Wednesday, 11 May 2016.

Books and other works

31 Ferndale Street : a book on how you can find out about the house in which you live / Elaine Furniss and Hector Abrahams ; illustrated by Hector Abrahams


A pictorial guide to identifying Australian architecture : styles and terms from 1788 to the present / Richard Apperly, Robert Irving, Peter Reynolds ; photographs by Solomon Mitchell


Australian house styles / Maisy Stapleton & Ian Stapleton


How to trace the history of your house / Des Regan and Kate Press


The National Trust research manual : trace the history of your house or other places / edited by Celestina Sagazio


Suburb guides

Each suburb guide is a Trove list that covers a range of resources, from maps and images to oral histories and books.


Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS)

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) maintains the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) which includes information about Aboriginal objects and places.

Archives in Brief 116 - Researching your house and property

This Archives in Brief (AIB) provides an overview of the major sources for researching houses and properties. It provides details about records held by State Records and lists other organisations that may hold relevant material.

Ashfield Council - Researching your house

Ashfield Council has an online guide for how to research your house history.

At Home in North Sydney

'At home in North Sydney' is a unique online exhibition exploring the history of North Sydney through the built environment: its architecture, architects, builders and residents.

Canterbury Council - research guide - buildings

Canterbury Council has an online research guide for how to research your house history.

Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney is an online resource covering more than 700 suburbs, with each entry complete with demographic information and precise boundary maps.

LPI Historical Research

Sources such as Sands Directories record who occupied a building. Documents at the LPI record who owned the land. A basic aim is to establish the “chain of title” ie. the sequence of historical transfers of title to the property from the present owner back to the original deed of grant from the government.

Researching land history using the Land and Property Information (LPI) records can be very helpful in establishing the history of a property or locality. This webpage provides a start. A key to unlocking the mysteries of the different title systems is to read the guides to searching LPI records.

Leichhardt Council - house history guide

Leichhardt Council has an online research guide for how to research your house history.


The National Library of Australia has a frequently answered question (FAQ) with some suggestions for how to research the history of your house.

NSW heritage inventory

The NSW heritage inventory database with listings for more than 20,000 heritage buildings and items on statutory lists in Sydney and NSW. Even if your house is not listed as a heritage item, there may be houses in your street or locality that are.

Newspaper masterclass with Sue Reid from Queensland Family History Society

This article on the Inside History website provides newspaper searching tips from Sue Reid’s Newspaper searching masterclass

North Sydney Council - family and house history

North Sydney Council has an online research guide for how to research your house history. The guide, Getting Started: Finding out about your North Sydney house, is available as a pdf download on this webpage.

Pieces in the Puzzle

Learn how Janet Knight (a past Executive Officer of State Records) investigated the history of her own house in 'Pieces in the Puzzle', Vital Signs, Issue 04.

Sydney street names guide

This is a guide to the City of Sydney street names.


Trove is a consolidated index developed by the National Library of Australia which is focused on Australia and Australians. It brings together newspapers, maps, books and images from more than 1,000 Australian museums, libraries, galleries and archives.

Image: Rae Place in Woolloomooloo, June 1977. ArchivePix Woolloomooloo photo collection: 63635.