Local Studies Collection

The Local Studies collection is made up of a wide range of resources about the history, culture, environment and development of the Sunshine Coast region from pioneer days to modern times. A variety of formats are held in the collection including books, documents, theses, serials, maps, photographs, audio and newspaper clippings.

The Local Studies collection is available during library open hours and can be searched on the library catalogue.


Local Studies collection highlights

  • Looks like rain : Maleny 1880 - 2016

    By Jack Wilcox

    Trawling through an ocean of information and the multiplicity of sources available on the weather, Jack Wilcox has attempted to distil the effects of cyclone, floods and storms on the Maleny district and the rest of Queensland between 1880 and 2016.

    Spanning the careers of eminent meteorologists Clement Wragge, Inigo Jones and Lennox Walker and local weatherman Pat Stacey, Jack's research produces a stark picture o Nature's random power and mankind's heroic and sometimes tragic attempts to cope.

    Looks like rain

  • Woombye Heritage Trail : Woombye township, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Formerly Cobb's Camp

    By Margaret Woodrow

    The Woombye Heritage Trail provides information on Woombye's beginning, and a map to direct visitors to sites of historical significance.

    Cobb's Camp -- Pioneer Memorial Garden -- Methodist Church -- Blacksmith -- Butcher -- Bakery -- General, Stores -- St. Margaret's Church -- Woombye Fruitgrowers -- CWA Playground -- Light Horse -- School of Arts -- Library -- Memorial Park -- Post Office -- Criterion Hotel -- Railway Station -- Woombye State School -- Cemetery.

    Woombye Heritage Trail

  • Sunshine Coast design

    By Sunshine Coast Council

    The Sunshine Coast Design book is the result of a collaborative process that included: residents, design, professionals, planners, professional associations and community groups of the Sunshine Coast. They have all contributed to a discussion focused on what we, the community of the Sunshine Coast, value about this place. Sunshine Coast Design is for everyone who makes decisions about design on the Sunshine Coast. 

    Sunshine Coast Design

  • Hinka-Booma to Kenilworth 1850-1960 : a brief history of the discovery and early settlement of the Upper Mary Valley country

    By  Lenore Meldrum

    The publication was originally compiled by the Kenilworth Centenary Celebrations Committee.

    Poem (The Pioneers) -- Foreword -- The Early Peoples -- The Pastoral Era -- Thr River Officially Named -- Bush Tracks and Roads -- The Bunya Country Selected -- The Closer Settlement Era -- Settlers and Development from 1891 to 1950 --Events in Kenilworth 1949-1958 -- A Treatise -- Poem (They Made Us Possible)

    Hinka-Booma to Kenilworth 1850-1960

  • The magic of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve : a celebration of art and nature

    By Leslie Hall

    Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a unique island of remnant subtropical rainforest, and is part of the Gondwana Rainfoests of Australia, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area. This book is a tribute to the natural world through the curved lens of storytelling, art and science.

    The magic of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve