Under the tree this Christmas

In the words of Oleta Adams, ‘I don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can’ could have been written for the 2023 Sunshine Coast Heritage Calendar.

Under the tree this Christmas

In the words of Oleta Adams, ‘I don’t care how you get here, just get here if you can’ could have been written for the 2023 Sunshine Coast Heritage Calendar.

The limited edition calendar features a stunning collection of images showing the various ways we’ve travelled the region over the decades.

The calendar is available from council libraries and customer contact centres and at just $6, makes the perfect gift for friends and loved ones.

The images featured throughout combine previously unseen submissions from local residents alongside offerings from council’s Picture Sunshine Coast heritage collection.

All images have been tinted with colour, a technique in keeping with the tradition of hand-colouring monochrome photographs which began in 1900. 

Sunshine Coast Council Community Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said council received a brilliant range of images in response to its annual calendar competition.

“Images received showcase everything from bikes, boats and old cars and because these come from residents’ private collections, their inclusion makes the calendar a true-to-life depiction of Sunshine Coast life,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The stories, moving and still images that remain in the personal collections of our community members are by far the largest part of our region’s cultural heritage, and this calendar is a wonderful way to illustrate its significance and celebrate its value.

“The photos submitted will now be gratefully archived into council’s heritage library ‘Picture Sunshine Coast’, a growing collection of more than 17,000 images showing the history and development of the Sunshine Coast.”

Council’s Picture Sunshine Coast database is easy to access via council’s library website.

Winners of this year’s heritage calendar competition, and whose image appears in the calendar, are:

  • Slim Moroney from Landsborough submitted an image of a Holden FX, Mary        Cairncross, 2005, which appears on the front cover.
  • Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club’s image shows locals and visitors spending time at       Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba, c.1950s. (featured in May)
  • Leonie Neil from Alexandra Headland submitted an image of Jean Evans on her   pushbike outside the family house, Cotton Tree, 1939 (featured in June)
  • Audienne Blyth from Yandina provided a photo of family and friends travelling in their ute, departing Maroochydore, 1946 (featured in July)
  • Lenore Meldrum from Kenilworth submitted a photo of Sims Bros Transport on the move, Kenilworth, c.1920 (featured in August)
  • Eumundi Museum provided an image from their collection of Ann Morschel (nee Miller)    on a horse called Tarcoola, Eumundi, c.1930 (featured at the back)


This project is supported by the Sunshine Coast Arts and Heritage Levy.

The Levy, which is charged to every rateable property, is used to document, research, conserve, protect, promote and provide access to those tangible and intangible items, places, facilities and events that define the stories, history and values of the people, communities and culture of the Sunshine Coast.