Local History

Local history resources are located at the Hervey Bay and Maryborough library branches.

Microfiche and microfilm readers, computers and printers are also available for use.

If you need assistance with family history enquiries, please speak to our Library staff.


Local History Talks

A variety of guest speakers present informative sessions about the rich heritage of the Fraser Coast.

Channel 7 extracts from the archives Playlist

Historic TV footage of the Fraser Coast between 1965 and 1975 has been digitised and saved to a YouTube playlist so it can be accessed by everyone.  An innovation grant from the Library Board of Queensland made it possible to digitise extracts from the archives of Wide Bay’s first television broadcaster, Channel 7.  The Seven Network retains copyright of the footage.


Local History Playlist

Local history talks and interviews have been recorded to capture the past of the Fraser Coast from the perspective of historians, locals and history enthusiasts.


Oral History Playlist

The Libraries' local history project, Having a Voice, recorded oral histories of people who traditionally did not have a voice. It was part of the Heritage Festival in 2018.



Fraser Coast Libraries Local History Collection

Fraser Coast Libraries hold a number of local history collections including: images, printed material, maps and plans, manuscripts and archives, newspapers, vertical file, audio-visual, microforms and computerised records.


Historypin is a digital archive of historical and personal photos, documents and audio-visual recollections.

Council in partnership with the Maryborough Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society Inc has a curated collection - World War One Patriotism in the Wide Bay region.

The State Library of Queensland provided the grant to curate this collection.


V Gallery

V Gallery is Fraser Coast Libraries image display system. Local history images are displayed and can be accessed from your home device 24/7 if it is connected to the internet. We are adding images to this collection all the time.

Welcoming Spaces

Comprises the K'gari Unit located at Hervey Bay Library and the Moonaboola Unit located at the Maryborough Library. 

These spaces showcase unique resources pertaining to Indigenous history and culture. 

The collection includes:

  • Butchulla Language Dictionaries
  • Children's language books
  • The Koori Mail – an Indigenous-owned and operated newspaper
  • Cultural Cemetery Records
  • Artefacts
  • Indigenous resources available on an iPad
  • Books of historical or literary significance

The Butchulla People are the traditional Custodians of the Fraser Coast. Fraser Coast Libraries' goal is to have spaces where people can come to become acquainted with local and Australian history. 

The Butchulla People are the Traditional Custodians/Owners of the Land, and their continued connection to the land on which we walk, work and live is acknowledged. Fraser Coast Libraries acknowledges and pays respects to the Elders past, present and emerging.