The Les Hill Historical Centre and its collections are available within The Mount Gambier Library during library opening hours. Whether you are a veteran family historian or just starting your research, library staff can help point you in the right direction. With a large range of local history databases and resources such as Hospital Admissions database, Rate Assesment database etc there is sure to be something which will help you unlock the mysterious of your family history.


Les Hill Photographic Collection
The Les Hill Photographic Collection holds over 16,500 photographs of Mount Gambier and surrounding districts dating back to the 1800s. The collection contains photographs from everything from local landmarks to local families.

Ancestry - Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition provides the most genealogical information available on-line, with more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 collections. It offers a wide and diverse variety of unique content to help patrons trace their family lineage. It is continually expanding with new content added every business day. Ancestry Library edition is available to all Mount Gambier Library members on any of the public access computers within the library. One of the great features of ancestry is that with many of the records it is possible to view and print of copies of the original documents.


Find My Past

The Mount Gambier Library currently offers access to Find My Past Australia, Uk and Ireland in the history room within the Library. Access to records such as census records, police gazettes, government gazettes and much more are available through these resources.


Useful Websites 


The Australian War Memorial website has a lot of great information regarding Australians in time of war. The site also contains links to nominal rolls for the main conflicts in which Australians have been involved in. 


Were your ancestors pioneers of South Australia? Perhaps they were amongst SA's early settlers. Find out by searching shipping passenger list, marriage and cemetery records. Use Family History South Australia's free databases, informative articles and genealogy resources to build your family tree and answer your family history questions. 


Family Search is a great resource which is completely free of charge. The site is managed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The site allows you to search by a name as well as a life event such as a birth, death or marriage records from all over the world. 


The Cemetery search will allow you to search for graves and cremations for the Mount Gambier cemeteries. You can also search for graves throughout the whole of South Australia. 


Use wonderful recources through the Australian National Archives to locate war records, immigartion records and much more. 


The South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society website gives you access to the Societies records such as death and burials, S.A. ship arrivals, S.A. Places etc. 


The aim of The War Graves Photographic Project is to photograph every war grave, individual memorial, MoD grave, and family memorial of serving military personnel from WWI to the present day and make these available within a searchable database. Now working as a joint venture with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, this will enable families, scholars and researchers to obtain, via the CWGC or TWGPP websites, a copy of the photograph of a grave or memorial which for many is impossible to visit due to the location. 


Search through the National Library of Australia's Digitised newspaper collection by keyword search. The collection now holds all copies of the Border Watch between the years 1861 - 1954. 


This site allows you to search for birth, death and marriage records for the United Kingdom.