Heritage Resources

Heritage Collection 

Heritage Collection

The library's Heritage Collection, located at Dudley Denny 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, newspaper archives, family history resources, videos, DVDs, and pamphlets.

Mackay Regional Council Libraries collect items relating to the development of the Mackay Region. Donated items are cared for to the highest standards, and as a result we are selective about what we collect. To submit a donation for assessment please use the online form.

After the Storm 

After the Storm

It’s been 100 years since our town was almost wiped from the map.

Thirty lives were lost when the 1918 cyclone ripped through our fledgling town on January 21, 1918. One family alone, the Welch family, lost six members.

The huge storm flattened much of the region and inundated large parts of the town, with waves up to three metres tall rolling down Sydney Street.  1,411mm of rain fell in three days.

To commemorate the centenary of this natural disaster, council is presenting an exhibition at the Jubilee Community Centre from Saturday, January 20, until Friday, February 16.

Click here to find out more.

Photograph Collection 

Photograph Collection

Picture Queensland - Mackay images can be sourced on the State Library of Queensland's Picture Queensland database.

Trove - Search photographs, negatives, artworks, drawings, posters, postcards and other pictures, as well as physical objects such as puzzles, instruments and clothing.

Copies of photographs are available on request and in compliance with copyright legislation.  Requests for photographs can be submitted via the Ask the Library form.

Collection Access and Services 

Collection Access and Services

The Heritage Collection Room and resources are accessible during library opening hours at Dudley Denny City Library.  Duplicate copies of some Heritage Collection resources are available for loan across library service branches.  Closed access material is available for viewing on request; and by appointment with Heritage Collection staff.

Microfilm/fiche reader/scanners are available to access microfilm resources.  Bookings are encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Heritage Collection staff can assist with enquiries in person or via the library's online Ask the Library service.  Please note that there is a minimum 10-day turn around time for responses to heritage-related enquiries.

Looking for more? 

Looking for more history on the Mackay Region?

Further information about the region's history is available from the History of the Mackay Region webpage on Mackay Regional Council's website.

Alternatively, make contact with other local and family history groups, historical societies and places:

Useful online resources