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heritage & history

Fascinated by the heritage of our region? Discover our rich collections, services, resources, facilities and special programs.

Local Studies

The communities of Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes and Orange have a rich and proud heritage. Each Branch Library holds a core collection relating to the history of their area.

More extensive Local Studies Collections are held at Blayney, Cowra and Orange Libraries.

These include:

  • Books
  • Serials
  • Photographs
  • Newspapers
  • Maps

Resources in the Local Studies collection are for use in the Library only and cannot be borrowed but there are often loan copies available of popular titles.

Online Resources

We’re gradually adding to our suite of on-line local studies resources. Take the time to explore them and visit often as we’re constantly adding to the content.

 Orange Wiki


Explore the stories of the People, Places, Services and Events that have contributed to the growth of Orange.

Manildra Memories


Capturing the essence of Manildra in words and pictures; visit our award winning  Manildra Memories website.

Centenary of World War I in Orange


Our Centenary of World war I in Orange site tells the story of the men and women from the district who served during the Great War.

Orange City Council’s website also hosts some excellent On-Line Exhibitions that highlight features of the City’s heritage.