Mackay Regional Council Libraries:
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Image of the Month
Each month we will be featuring an image from the library's collection on Picture Queensland.
Dressed in costume, Mackay. Possibly Lamberts staff, dressed in costume for a Christmas pantomime. Characters include clowns, geishas, nurses, sailors and gypsies.
Mackay Regional Council Libraries image number 4724
The library’s Heritage Collection, located in the Carmel Daveson Research Room at Mackay City Library, houses an extensive range of historical and current resources relating to the development of the Mackay Region.
The collection includes books, photographs, maps, original materials and collections, newspapers on microfilm, newspaper cuttings, family history resources, videos, DVDs, and pamphlets.
The Carmel Daveson Research Room is open Monday – Thursday, and on Saturdays, during usual library opening times. (Closed on Fridays)
Australian South Sea Islander 150th Anniversary
2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of South Sea Islander labour in Queensland. To commemorate this milestone, we've created a resources blog of ASSI material.
Visit the blog!
Access to The Daily Mercury newspaper
The Mackay City Library holds The Mackay Daily Mercury in hardcopy from 2008 to present. Newspapers prior to 2008 can be accessed on microfilm or microfiche in the Carmel Daveson Research Room. Microfilm content can be printed or saved to USB.
The National Library of Australia provides full-text online access to The Daily Mercury from March 2007 to present through their Factiva database subscription. A free online resources card must be obtained to access this database. Click here for further details.
The Mackay City Library also holds all copies of The Pioneer News and The MidWeek.
History Bits in Kits
The library’s History Bits in Kits resources are a series of themed local history resources designed to assist schools; teachers; local historical groups, societies and museums, in promoting the history and heritage of the Mackay region. Each kit contains 10 photographs relevant to the theme, a power-point presentation on CD, and an accompanying information booklet.
Useful online resources
Ancestry Library Edition (available in the library only)
National Trust Queensland
State Library of Queensland
Queensland State Archives
Royal Historical Society of Queensland
Trove (National Library of Australia)
Directory of Archives in Australia
National Archives of Australia
Australian Dictionary of Biography
More History about the Mackay Region
Further information about the Region's history and local and family history groups is available from the History of the Mackay Region webpage on Mackay Regional Council's website.
If you require further assistance with your research, visit one of the library’s branches or complete an online enquiry form.