Local Studies:

All of the Libraries within the Hastings region have Local Studies collections that detail the history, development, people and places of the area. While each of the libraries holds copies of the most significant resources for our region, Port Macquarie Library has the most comprehensive collection. The branch libraries at Wauchope and Laurieton also hold items of significance to their local areas. The collections include books, maps, newspapers, photographs and Council documents.

Research assistance:

Volunteers are available at the Port Macquarie Library  Tues & Wed from 10:00 till 3:00

Volunters are avaialble at the Wauchope Library  Tues & Wed from 9:30 till 12:30


Contact: Reference Services Librarian ~ Jeff Stonehouse


The Hastings region is served by three weekly newspapers.

  • The Port Macquarie News 1882 to date.
  • The Wauchope Gazette 1920 to date
  • The Camden Haven Courier 1954 to date

These newspapers are available to view on microfilm at the Port Macquarie Library. Each library holds hardcopy of its local paper from the 1950s onwards.

There is an ongoing project to digitize the local newspapers. So far, the following digital newspapers are available to view at each library:

  • The Port Macquarie News 1882-1972
  • The Wauchope (Hastings) Gazette 1920-1968
  • The Camden Haven Courier 1955-1968
  • The Macleay Argus 1885-1954
  • The Macleay Chronicle 1899-1952

IN addition, The TROVE database at the National Library of Australia has the Port Macquarie News available online to 1950      

Digital copy of the Port Macquarie News, The Express, the Hastings Gazette and the Camden Haven Courier is available from 2005 onwards at each library. 

Photographs & Pictures:

The Library holds a small collection of historic photographs of the local area and most of these are accessible through the library online catalogue. These are being added to our FLICKR account as well as more contemporary photos and other images.


TROVE, the National Library resource, has many images of Port Macquarie and they can be viewed and searched here.
N.B. You can search for other towns or villages in the Hastings by replacing the search term Port Macquarie in the search box with another name.


The Port Macquarie Historical Museum has a large photographic collection. Contact the Museum for access times and conditions.

People of Port Macquarie and the Hastings :

Volunteers have compiled  genealogical information on early families of the Hastings region. These files usually consist of family group charts and  newspaper articles. Some files have been digitized and are available online. Copies of those files not yet digitizedcan be provided on request.

Click on the links below to view the files held in our collection:

 A - F          G - M           N - S           T - Z


The Australian Dictionary of Biography has also profiled many people associated with the Hastings region.

Documents Online:

A number of documents relating to the history of the Hastings region are available as downloadable PDF files. Some of these are listed on the table to the right while others are available from our library catalogue.

Port Macquarie Population Timeline