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Local Studies / Family History Room

The Local Studies section of the Port Macquarie Library houses resources that document the historical, architectural, environmental and social development of the Hastings region.

Materials collected and available for use within the library include:

  • Local newspapers including digital copy
  • Parish maps
  • Local history publications
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Council reports
  • Historical electoral rolls
  • Photographs
  • Local family information files

The library’s Family History collection gives access to Australian and overseas records either in microform, CDROM or online. The main collection is at the Port Macquarie Library with database access and basic resources available at the branch libraries.

Resources available include:

  • Free access to and Find My Past
  • Australian BDMs
  • State Records NSW research kit
  • Shipping & Immigration records
  • Pioneer registers
  • Cemetery records
  • ‘How to’ genealogy books
  • Early musters and census records

Local genealogy

The library holds many records relating to early families of the Hastings and surrounding districts. Many local family historians have donated their research work to the library and we hold publications produced by the local family history society.

The library hosts a large collection of online resources to help you research our local past.

Coffee & Chat

Why not join us for Chat & Coffee, an informal get together where you can come and discuss your research queries or successes with kindred souls. ***Currently suspended due to Covid restrictions***

Port Macquarie Library – first Wednesday of the month (except January) 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Laurieton Library – last Monday of the month (except January 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Family History Society Volunteers 

Volunteers from the Port Macquarie & District Family History Society are available to help you get started on tracing your family history.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays at Port Macquarie Library (except January) from 10:00am to 3:00pm

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