Council archives

The archives hold historical records of former councils that are now the Inner West Council. The archives contains original records created or received by Council as part of its normal business activities including building and property records, rate books and valuation books. This collection has largely been digitised and continues to be digitised and can be accessed through the online library catalogue here 

For any assistance using this collection please email:

Locations and opening hours

Ashfield Library

3rd Floor, 260 Liverpool Road
Ashfield NSW 2131
To make an appointment please call 02 9392 5810 or email:
Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday 10am-1pm

Rate and valuation books

The rate and valuation books contain basic information about properties. Information includes the property owner’s name, property description including type of building, property assessed value. The rate and valuation books may also record the occupant’s name and the property name.

The Archives holds rate and valuation books from the following former council. Some of the holdings have been digitised and are available on the library catalogue. 

Annandale Council 1894 - 1920, 1928 Valuation List books.
Ashfield Council 1872 – 1949
Balmain 1908-1920, 1933 Valuation List books.
Camperdown Council 1885 - 1908
Leichhardt 1872-1920, 1928 and 1951 Valuation List books.
Marrickville Council 1886 – 1963
Newtown Council 1866 - 1949
Petersham Council 1872 - 1948
St Peters Council 1884 – 1947

Council meeting minutes 

Minutes record Council activities and decisions. Council meeting minutes for the following are currently being catalogued: 

Ashfield Council 1872 – 2016
Marrickville Council 1905 - 2016
Petersham Council 1872 - 1948
St Peters Council 1871 - 1948

Council minutes from 2005 onwards are available online here

Building and subdivision registers

The registers contain brief information about the date applications were submitted to Council for approval, the decision made by Council, name of the owner, name of the builder and type of building work. Some of the holdings have been digitised and are available on the library catalogue. 

Ashfield Council 1909 - 1980
Marrickville Council 1922 - 1957
Petersham Council 1911 - 1949
St Peters Council 1919 – 1948 

Correspondence Files

Files contain correspondence to and from the Council, local residents, property owners, ratepayers, businesses and government departments.

The Correspondence Files are restricted access. If you have an enquiry, please email:

Ashfield Council 1908 - 1950
Marrickville Council 1918 - 1971
Petersham Council 1940 - 1948
St Peters Council 1920 - 1949

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