Local history

Local Studies Online websiteThe Local History Collection is a compilation of resources reflecting the history of the City of Onkaparinga. The major focus is on printed, published and paper-based material specifically relating to the history of the City of Onkaparinga. Some emphasis is also given to the collection of oral histories, and original manuscripts. The collection is located at the Aldinga, Hub and Noarlunga libraries.

We are currently in the process of migrating digital images from this website to the Onkaparinga libraries catalogue, allowing you to search for local history photographs in the same way you would search the catalogue for other library material.

Currently we have two resources available online..

Local Studies Online website comprises a selection of digitised photographs from the Local History Collection.

Local History page in the library catalogue where you can search for digitised photos.

(Hint: Instead of searching for 'Everything' please limit your search to an 'Images Search'.)

For more assistance please contact staff at your local library.

From Almanda to United States coverFrom Almanda to United States - lost localities in the City of Onkaparinga

For South Australia’s History Festival in May 2017 the City of Onkaparinga Libraries have released a book detailing the lost places of our City. Villages and settlements which have fallen off the map, or never quite made it there, are featured.

View online






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City of Onkaparinga on History Pin

The City of Onkaparinga Libraries are on History Pin. See a selection of historical and contemporary images of our region here: https://www.historypin.org/en/person/41071/


Local history - John Knox Church Morphett Vale 1876 Local History - Horseshoe with J C Dungey and his daughters left propr from 1887-1914 SLSA c1898



ANZAC Booklet - Our World War I Heroes coverOur World War I Heroes: City of Onkaparinga 1914-1918

To commemorate the Centenary of World War I, the City of Onkaparinga Libraries produced a book in remembrance of the men and women who served from our City. Details of 668 individuals are recorded to recognise the contribution of our local people to the war effort, and the sacrifice of those who did not return.

View the booklet online


Onkaparinga Through Time

The Onkaparinga Through Time project ran through May and sought old photographs from residents of our local people, places and events.

Nearly 100 old photographs were unearthed and will be added to our Local History collection.

See below for some of those submissions.

Thanks to everyone who shared their photos and stories with us.