Local History

Find local history resources at the Hervey Bay and Maryborough library branches.

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

If you need help with history inquiries, please speak to staff.

Fraser Coast Local History Societies

Maryborough, Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society Inc 
Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum 
Burrum and District Historical Society 
Mt Bauple and District Historical Society Cultural Centre and Museum 


Fraser Coast Regional Council Local Heritage Register 
Queensland State Archives
State Library of Queensland
UNESCO Australian Memory of the World 
Corley Explorer 


Fraser Coast Libraries Local History Collection

Fraser Coast Libraries holds 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.


Local history images can be accessed from your home device 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 


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 has a curated collection.


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 including women and indigenous people. It was part of the Heritage Festival in 2018.