Collingwood Historical Society has published a number of books about Abbotsford, Clifton Hill and Collingwood, and others have been published by community organizations or by Yarra-Melbourne Libraries. All the titles listed below (except those marked OUT of PRINT) are available for sale at Collingwood Library. Collection can be arranged at other branches of the City of Yarra library service. Books may also be purchased by mail; to download an order form, copy and paste this link:

Many titles are also on sale at Brunswick Street Bookstore, 305 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065, and Terrace Gardens (florist) in Queens Parade, Clifton Hill, stocks some titles.

Four titles are published by Collingwood Community Health Centre (Co-health). You can find out pricing and availability below.

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Bitter roots, sweet fruit:a history of schools in Collingwood, Abbotsford and Clifton Hill (2008)

Karen T Cummings

 books-brimstone Brimstone to Bunyip: churches of Collingwood, Clifton Hill and Abbotsford

Richard Peterson

 books-cover-in-those-days In those days: Collingwood remembered (3rd ed.)

Also available as an e-book on the Resources for Schools page

darling-gardens ‘I should be glad if a few elms and oaks were included’: the DarlingGardens, Clifton Hill

Tina Meyer and Graeme Loughlin

 life-in Life in Collingwood today $6.60
 Short History A short history of Collingwood

G.M. Hibbins

 books-twenties Twenties child: a childhood recollection

Ivy Arney


The following publications were published by North Yarra Community Health (now part of Co-health). These books are available for sale at Collingwood Library (see details above), from the Pharmacy at the Collingwood Health Centre 365 Hoddle Street, Collingwood 3066, and some titles are available from Terrace Gardens (florist) in Queens Parade, Clifton Hill.


 Books-JungleBallwithDiamonds Jungle Ball With Diamonds: Portraits of Collingwood’s Younger Men and Women

Price: $15

Andrew Lindsay

 Books-Missionaries-radicals-feminists Missionaries Radicals Feminists – a History of North Yarra Community Health

Price: $20

Hamish Townsend

 Books-fishfeathers When Fish Had Feathers: Portraits of Collingwood’s Older Men

Price: $11

Andrew Lindsay

 books-dancingkitchen Dancing in the Kitchen: Portraits of Collingwood’s Older Women


Andrew Lindsay

The following publications are currently out of print, but may be consulted at Collingwood Library:


Note that more up-to-date information is available in the Hotels section of this website

 books-streets OUT OF PRINT but available as an e-book on our Street Names page
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