Book to reveal Sunshine Coast’s past secrets
  • Wednesday 06 May 2009

The history of the Sunshine Coast will be revealed for the first time in a book that will delve into the people and places that shaped the region’s unique character.

Sunshine Coast Libraries was awarded a $10,000 Queensland Government grant to produce the book: Places We Make – the history of Sunshine Coast communities.

The book will be the first history of the region, revealing a community-by-community account of how the Sunshine Coast evolved over the last 150 years.

The project will be announced at Maroochydore Library on Wednesday 6 May as one of the many projects to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Queensland.

The book will be put together over the coming year from stories and photos kept in the Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage collection – as well as snapshots brought in from local families whose roots go back to the first Coast settlements in 1800s.

Designed as a “coffee table book”, Places We Make will roll off the presses in November ready for Mayor Bob Abbott to launch it on 9 December.

Coordinated by the Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Unit, the book’s development will involve community groups, individuals and heritage groups, according to Library Hubs Manager Louise Bauer.

A partnership project was developed with the Friends of Caloundra Library to collect community stories, which introduces a further layer of community engagement, she said.

“The project concept was collaboratively developed by the libraries’ heritage working group, and demonstrates the power of people working together towards a creative outcome,” she said.

“The result will be a publication that everyone can dip into to find out the events – and even some secrets – that shaped our communities.”