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More Information on Heritage


  • Rockdale City Council's Urban and Environmental Planning Unit can provide general information about heritage matters in Rockdale by phoning 9562 1666
  • Council's Local History Librarian conducts property searches to determine the age of houses in the City
  • The St George Historical Society Inc meets on the third Saturday of each month (except January) in one of Council's buildings at 2pm. The meetings often include a Guest Speaker and prospective members and visitors are welcome to attend. The Society produces a members bi-monthly newsletter, and runs an Historic Museum at Lydham Hall. Contact the Society on 9567 4259 for more information



Publications available from Council 

  • Rockdale Heritage Study
  • Rockdale Draft Heritage Guidelines
  • Rockdale Heritage Drive pamphlet (free)
  • Rockdale and Arncliffe Heritage Walk pamphlets (free)
  • Caring for Old Buildings (National Trust pamphlet) (free)

History books

History books held at Rockdale Library and available for purchase from Council

  • Greeves, Jervis & Rathbone, Rockdale: Its Beginning and Development (Rockdale Council, 1986)
  • Rathbone, R.W, A Village Called Arncliffe (Wild and Woolley, 1997)
  • Rathbone, R.W, Brighton Le Sands (Rockdale City Library, 2000)
  • Rathbone, R.W, The Origins of the Street Names of the Municipality of Rockdale (Rockdale Municipal Council, 1989)

Technical books

Technical books held at Rockdale Library and available from most bookshops include

  • Apperly, I.R, A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture (Angus & Robertson, 1989)
  • Stapleton, I, How to Restore the Old Aussie House (The Flannel Flower Press, 1991)
  • Evans, I, Caring for Old Houses (Flannel Flower Press, 1988)
  • Department of Planning, Getting the Details Right (Flannel Flower Press, 1989)
  • Stapleton, E.L, Colour Schemes for Old Australian Homes (Flannel Flower Press, 1984)
  • Fraser, H, The Federation House (Landsdowne Press, 1986)
  • Evans, I, The Federation House (Flannel Flow Press, 1986)
  • Howells, T, and Nicholson, M, Towards the Dawn (Hale and Iremonger, 1989)
  • Cuffley, P, Australian Houses of the 20s and 30s (The Five Mile Press, 1989)
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