Local History Research

Newspapers are an excellent source of information about historical and contemporary social, political, business and cultural issues in the local community. A number of newspapers are available on microfilm for use by library members and the public including:

TROVE – Digitised Newspapers and more – National Library of Australia

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus (requires membership login)

  • Queensland Times (Full text September 2010 – present)
  • Ipswich News (Full text March 2009 – February 2013)
  • Ipswich Advertiser (Full text September 2010 – present)

Microfiche & CD-ROMs


Historical information from a variety of sources can be viewed on microfiche by library members and the public. Popular microfiche include – Queensland Immigration index, Post Office Directories and Queensland Births, Deaths and Marriages.


A variety of Commonwealth, state and local resources are also available via CD-ROMS in the Viva Cribb Local History Collection.

Popular CD-ROMS include – Ipswich General cemetery burial registers (1868-1979), Queensland Electoral rolls (1860-1884) and Queensland Early Pioneers index (1824-1859).

Estate Maps & Architectural Plans

Estate Maps

Ipswich Libraries holds numerous estate maps for the region. These maps provide original subdivision and surveying information of urban land areas that will be useful for conducting local history research, including tracing the background of your own house. The Ipswich City Council also has information available online with relation to estates in Ipswich.

Architectural plans

George Brockwell Gill was an important local architect and the Library has a number of architectural plans for buildings he designed for Ipswich.

Historical Groups

Harrisville Museum
“Elanda” Queen St., Harrisville 4307
Phone: (07) 5464-6518
Ipswich Historical Society Inc.
P.O. Box 295, Ipswich 4305
Cooneana Heritage Centre, 1041 Redbank Plains Road
Phone: (07) 3282-0358
Pine Mountain & District Historical Society Inc
65 Bryces Road, Pine Mountain 4306
Phone: (07) 5464-3827
Rosewood Scrub Historical Society Inc.
73 Edmond St, Marburg
Phone: (07) 5464-4808
E-mail: info@rshs.com.au
RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre
South Amberley Rd, Amberley
Phone: 1800 623 306
E-mail: RAAF.AAHC@defence.gov.au
Open once a month. A collection of Australian military memorabilia and a limited collection of historic aircraft. Admission is free.
Royal Australian Historical Society
promotes the study of Australian history.
Royal Historical Society of Queensland
promotes the study and interest of Queensland history.
Professional Historians Association – Queensland
A searchable index of Queensland historians.
Workshops Rail Museum
North Street, North Ipswich QLD
Phone: (07) 3432-5100
Ipswich Hospital Museum
Ground Floor, Jubilee Building, Ipswich Hospital (adjacent to Court Street)
Phone: (07) 3810 1254