Coast’s first history book calls for photos
  • Wednesday 24 June 2009

History is in the making as work begins on the Sunshine Coast’s first region-wide historical book. Residents are invited to open their photo albums and share their favourite images with council’s libraries for potential inclusion in the book.

The Places We Make – Histories of Sunshine Coast Communities book will trace the history of the Sunshine Coast and how the region has evolved over the past 150 years.

Sunshine Coast Libraries is now accepting photos dating up to the 1970s of people in identifiable places across the Sunshine Coast or engaged in activities that have contributed to the development of various communities around the region.

The photos will be considered for possible inclusion in the book and/or the Sunshine Coast Libraries online Picture Sunshine Coast collection.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio holder councillor Jenny McKay said the book would be the first of its kind to narrate the history of the Sunshine Coast as a single region.

“As a fourth generation local, I’m looking forward to the many diverse histories around the Coast being brought together into one book that will look back at the entire region,” Cr McKay said.

“The current growth we’re experiencing as a region makes it all the more important to document our history with pride.”

The book is being coordinated by the Sunshine Coast Libraries Heritage Unit and funded by a Queensland Government Q150 community funding grant. The project will involve community groups, individuals, and local heritage groups.

Sunshine Coast Libraries is now calling for people to loan photos for potential inclusion in the book and/or the online Picture Sunshine Coast collection. Photos can be from any period of time up until the 1970s. There are currently fewer photos for the period of 1930 to 1970, so images from this time are encouraged.

Residents can loan original images to libraries for scanning, and photos will then be returned.

Residents interested in loaning a photo to be included in the book should call 5441 8335 or contact their local library for more information.

**Picture of Bullock teams hauling logs to the railway yard off Memorial Drive Eumundi circa 1912 is available on request.