Local History Resources

For more specialised queries about local history, we offer a Local History Enquiry service.


Specific historical local newspapers are available on DVD-Rom. You can access these papers in-house ONLY, on one of the library PCs at Cranbourne, Narre Warren and Pakenham Libraries.

Historical local newspapers available are:

Other issues of these newpapers may be available from the Local History Archive - contact us - or the State Library of Victoria's newspaper department on (03) 8664 7000.

The National Library of Australia is also digitising historic newspapers, including the Argus from Victoria.  This newspaper is fully searchable at the

Australian Newspapers beta website

The following local papers are also now available through Trove: (National Library of Australia)

Historic Rate and Minute Books

Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation now offers patrons access to the rate and minute book records generated by the former Shires of Cranbourne, Berwick and Pakenham. This is a joint, staged project between the Cardinia Shire, the City of Casey and the Library Corporation. The records are being microfilmed for long- term preservation and scanned onto CD ROM for everyday use in our Cranbourne, Narre Warren and Pakenham Libraries  ONLY.

Rates available are:
Berwick Shire Rates: 1875 to 1965
Cranbourne Shire Rates: 1863 to 1950