Local History Research - Books and other resources

The Library’s extensive Local Studies Collection contains a wealth of historical resources with  a wide selection of books on the history of Queanbeyan and the surrounding region. It is of particular interest to local residents, visitors, historians, descendants of early families, researchers and students.

The Library has a Local Studies Room which includes a full set of the Queanbeyan Age from 1860 and the Queanbeyan Chronicle form 1976; a small general genealogy collection; a small map collection; some historic monographs from the old Queanbeyan School of Art; a small collection of Queanbeyan ephemera and regalia; some copies of Queanbeyan's early rates books and a number of research collections, The Sheedy Memorial Local History Collection and The Collection of Frederick J. McCauley.

The Bert Sheedy Memorial Local History Collection

Bert Sheedy was a notable historian who undertook and collected a great deal of research into the history of Queanbeyan and the surrounding region. The collection contains information on families, individuals, buildings, events, business, politics and organisations.

The Local Studies Collection has recently  acquired a large addition to the research collection from notable historian Erroll Lee Scarlett the author of Queanbeyan, District and People. These items are currently being sorted and organised, and when this task is completed  they will be available to people undertaking historical research.   

Notable books on the History of Queanbeyan

Bygone Queanbeyan by  Rex Cross
Provides a brief overview of some of Queanbeyan’s more well-known families. The other chapters provide a very a readable history of the city.  

Queanbeyan Pioneers by Rex Cross & Bert Sheedy.
This book provides an account of some of Queanbeyan and the district’s more prominent pioneer families.
Queanbeyan, District and People by Errol Lea-Scarlett
A very detailed history of Queanbeyan and its prominent townspeople.

Moneroo to Monaro by Bert Sheedy (with EA Percy) 
A history of local families and individuals who lived in or ran businesses in the buildings along Queanbeyan’s historic Monaro Street.

First Light on the Limestone Plains 
An insight into life in early Queanbeyan with many historic photographs .    

A search of the Library’s catalogue using the Subject term Queanbeyan will lead you to many of the history books held by the Library.