Region’s History at Your Fingertips
Published 31 August 2021
Moreton Bay Regional Council’s archive of local history resources is stepping into the present with thousands of photographs, journals and documents digitalised via the new online platform Moreton Bay - Our Story.
History buffs not only have a new resource to dive into the past, but the platform also gives locals the opportunity to contribute to the library’s collection.
Mayor Peter Flannery said the new platform will put the region’s history right at your fingertips.
“Our libraries have a treasure trove of information in their local history collections, and you can now search these from the comfort of your own home,” Mayor Flannery said.
“Searching through the old black and white photos really gives you an idea just how much our communities and suburbs have changed over the decades.
“It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1948 droves of bullocks used to pull tankers of sugarcane syrup across Gympie Road to the Strathpine railway station, right past where Strathpine Council Chambers currently stand.
“I know families spent hours during the last lockdown looking through old photos and tracing relatives back through the family tree resources.
“They also took the opportunity to do a clean-up and look through all their old photos to see if there was anything they could contribute.
“Our region’s story is your story too and being able to add to the collection is what makes this new platform so special.
“I know there are many locals who have a strong connection to our region, so I’m looking forward to seeing what piece of history will be shared.
“The new platform is easy to use and it’s free to join, and once you’re registered you can save your favourite images and help grow our region’s story to share with generations to come.”
Moreton Bay Region Libraries are offering free workshops to guide residents through the new online archive, which will be held at library branches across the region.
For more information on how to access Moreton Bay - Our Story visit https://ourstory.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/ or contact your local library.
Image courtesy of Moreton Bay Regional Council, Reference Number PRLPC-P0649.