Local History


Scenic Rim Libraries hold a number of resources which can support local or genealogical history research. If they are published items then they can be accessed on the catalogue and at any branch library within the region, or if they are records from a local area then they are available at the closest branch library.

Town of Beaudesert 1903

Beaudesert Library holds records relating to the Beaudesert area, as well as many of the published items which can be accessed in the library. The 'Beaudesert Times' newspaper is available on microfilm in the library - with an online index available HERE.

In addition, many of the resources at the Beadesert Library have been indexed by name or subject and can be accessed HERE. Records at the Beaudesert Museum have also been indexed and can be access electronically HERE. Both of these documents are a partial indexes only, and are ongoing projects.

Crew of Karlsruhe marching through Boonah ca1934

Boonah Library holds records in the archive relating to the local history of the Boonah area, as well as published items. The Boonah Archives are open from 2pm-4.30pm on Friday afternoons within the library, and a volunteer is available to assist with local history research.  Or email boonaharchives@gmail.com during the week.

Canungra Library holds published items for use in the library.

Tamborine Mountain Library holds records relating to the Tamborine Mountain area, as well as published items.

Canungra Township

Scenic Rim Museums
The Scenic Rim region is rich in history and is home to a number of fascinating and well-resourced museums. The Scenic Rim Heritage Network is a collection of the historical villages, museums and collections within the Scenic Rim region. These museums chart the progress and development of architecture, farming techniques, living arrangements, politics and major events throughout the region since the mid 1800s.

Further information on Scenic Rim Museums can be accessed HERE and a brochure is available at all libraries.

Day trip to Mt Tamborine on Pioneer coach 1949

Web resources
For further research are available at all libraries and at home. Ancestry.com is available on library computers, as well as other databases available from the State Library of Queensland, including historical British newspapers, findmypast.com and other Australian government registers. The Queensland State Archives website has a wide and varied list of digital resources available online, from immigrations indexes to school records.

Genealogical information is also available on various birth deaths and marriages sites belonging to individual states, eg Queensland or New South Wales. Another useful site for historical documents and resources is 'Trove', a part of the National Library of Australia, which also holds historical photographs.

Rathdowney Hall 1918

Canungra answered the call  is a carefully researched website which provides an insight into the lives of more than 130 individuals who served in the Great War and whose names are listed on the Canungra War Memorial. Those who served came from all over the surrounding region, and the website provides information about their military service and their  contributions to the local community before and after the war.

For further information about the local history and identities of the region visit the page www.visitscenicrim.com.au/in-the-beginning.