Historical Studies & Pathfinders

Download a selection of publications about the history of the Sutherland Shire along with selected guides to locating material about the Shire in the Local Studies collection.

Shire Scandals

 'The Shark Arm Case' - a talk from Emma Baker about a murder investigation that lead police to the shores of Cronulla.


Sutherland Shire Libraries has created the following pathfinders as guides to the resources available in our local studies collection.

 Cronulla Beaches Pathfinder
 Electoral Rolls for the Sutherland Shire

 Bate Bay Coastline Management Plan [warning: 17Mb file download]
This management plan is a key document for anyone looking at environmental issues affecting Bate Bay from Kurnell to Port Hacking.

Historical Studies

Caution This series of pamphlets, produced by Council, ceased publication in the 1990's and are no longer checked for accuracy.  They are being made available here, for school projects and general interest as much of the historical information is still of use.

 A brief history of Sutherland Shire - Shire Study 1
 Sutherland Shire Council - Shire Study 2
 Geography and Geology - Shire Study 3 part 1
 Aboriginal Archaeology - Shire Study 3 part 2
 The Development of Commerce and Industry - Shire Study 4
 Parks and Recreation - Shire Study 5
 Railways (and Tramways) in the Sutherland Shire - Shire Study 6
 History of road transport in the Sutherland Shire - Shire Study 7
 The Ancient River Systems of Botany Bay - Shire Study 8