Heritage Collections

Cassowary Coast Libraries actively collects and preserves our region's rich history. Our heritage collections contain primary and secondary resources to help with researching local and family history.

The Innisfail Heritage Collection covers the history of the former Johnstone Shire area and is housed in the Innisfail branch. The Dorothy Jones Heritage Collection covers the history of the former Cardwell Shire area and is housed in the Tully branch. Items are available for use in the library upon request, and are not available for loan. 

Our Local History Officer can assist with finding resources for your research, and arrange displays or associated talks and workshops for schools and other groups. Donations of photos and documents are always welcome, and we offer a number of options for contributing to our region's history. 


Historical issues of local newspapers are housed in our Innisfail and Tully branches and are available on microfilm in our Innisfail branch. Local newspapers up until the end of 1954 have been digitised through the National Library of Australia and are available on Trove

Current & Historic Newspapers of the Cassowary Coast


Approximately 7000+ photographic images depicting the people and places of our region over the last 120 years. These images are in the process of being digitised and are gradually being made available through our online catalogue. When using the catalogue, click on the Local History Images shortcut and enter your search term.

Books & Documents

Books, documents, memorabilia and information specifically relating the natural and built environments, people, cultures, events and history of the Cassowary Coast Region. 

Gazettes, Indexes and Registers

Microfilm and Microfiche copies of assorted local history resources such as Bailliere's Queensland Gazetteer, Port Curtis Almanac, Slater's Queensland Almanac, births, deaths and marriage indexes, Post Office Indexes etc. Available upon request at the Innisfail branch.

Oral histories

A small collection of recordings and interview transcripts about individuals, families, important events and everyday life relating to our region.


A small cartographic collection of topographic and thematic maps of the Cassowary Coast.