Marrickville Council History and Archival Research Centre

The Archives is housed in the Petersham Town Hall, one of the few remaining Art Deco town halls that has been maintained in original condition. Marrickville Council Archives holds the surviving historical records of former Municipal Councils whose boundaries now fall within the Marrickville Council local government area in addition to the records of Marrickville Council. Many researchers who visit the Archives are interested in finding historical information on a home or property. This can include determining the property's age, if the property had a name and who may have owned the property over a period of time. Rate and valuation records held in the Archives are an excellent resource for this type of research. The Council's Archives also hold records which are a valuable resource for family, social and local historians. These records include correspondence files, Council minutes and building and sub division registers. For information about Marrickville Council's Chrissie Cotter Gallery and other museums and galleries in the region go to


Records held are from the former St Peters Municipal Council 1871 - 1948 and Petersham Municipal Council 1872 - 1948. These two Councils merged with Marrickville Council, which was incorporated in 1861, in 1949 after the introduction of the Local Government (Areas) Act of 1948.