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Local Studies and Family History

The Library is the perfect place to begin your family history journey. We offer many online and print resources for experienced family historians and those just starting out, including free access to subscription databases, CDROMs, newspapers, books, journals and unique family histories.

Need help with your family History?

  • Research help: volunteers from the Port Macquarie & Districts Family History Society are available to assist you with your family history research on Tuesdays & Wednesdays between 10:00 and 3:00 at Port Macquarie Library. 
  • Talking Family History (previously Coffee & Chat) Port Macquarie: come along on the first Wednesday of the month to the Port Macquarie Library Meeting Room – from 10:00 till 12:00 noon – for an informal chat about things family history. All welcome.  
  • Coffee & Chat Laurieton: on the last Monday of the month at Laurieton United Services Club from 10:00 to 12:00 noon. All welcome to join in the discussions. 
  • Newsletter: Would you like to subscribe to our monthly Local Studies & Family History Newsletter? Back issues are available to download.

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The Port Macquarie-Hastings region has a European history dating back to 1818. This page links to a resources chronicling the region’s history from penal Colony to free settlement. Includes Family Files.

 

The advent of digital technologies has opened up new possibilities to illustrate the timelines of history with manuscripts, books, maps, photographs, and other important cultural documents.

 

Built heritage is one of our most important cultural assets. It represents the historical layers of our built environment in places made of brick, plaster, wood, metal and stone.

 

Whether you want current news, events from the past, are doing family history or just like to browse newspapers have many uses.

 

An attempt to consolidate existing printed and online placename references for the Hastings district and offer explanations as to their origins where known.

 

In the year 2021 Port Macquarie marked 200 years of European settlement. Here you will find information about the military, the convicts and the civilian personnel who founded the penal settlement that grew into the town of Port Macquarie.

 

 

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