Queanbeyan has a long and rich heritage dating back to the Aboriginal peoples who lived on this land for many centuries before the European settlers arrived in 1820.

The history of Queanbeyan can be explored through its Museums, its churches and fine public buildings, its memorials, in the resources of the Local History section of the Library, and of course the many books written about Queanbeyan. Each year the history and heritage of the city is celebrated during the Heritage Festival in April, History Week and Proclamation Day in September and other special events. 

The Heritage section of the website provides access to the many facets of Queanbeyan’s History and Heritage and a guide on how and where to find more detailed information. 

For more information contact the Local History and Special Collections Librarian on 02 6285 6256 or emaillibrary@qcc.nsw.gov.au.

Family History Resources

The Queanbeyan City Library provides access to a variety of resources to assist people in tracing their family history and compiling their family tree. These resources include:

Biographical register of Canberra and Queanbeyan and Census and Electoral Rolls

These provide access to information about people who have lived in the region. This information is available by appointment only. The Heritage Librarian works Monday, Thursday and Friday only. 

Queanbeyan Pioneers Cemeteries

Records of burials can also be searched on-line through the Queanbeyan City Council Cemeteries.

Births, Deaths and Marriages

The NSW State Government provides on-line access to their records. It is free to search and you can request copies of certificates for a fee. For more information about what is included in this site follow the links below:

Registry Records

Sam Gifford

Early church records 
Our index 
Late registrations 
Other useful sites

Monaro Pioneers

Monaro Pioneers is a useful resource for searching for people connected to the Queanbeyan region. It is available on-line here and it is free to use.


Trove is a free, on-line resource, produced by the National Library of Australia and provides access to a wealth of information about all aspects of Australian history. Use it for searching for people and events particularly in newspapers. You can find over 357,561,672 Australian and on-line resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more. Click here to access Trove.

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Digital Newspapers

One of the many treasures you can discover in Trove is a large number of digitised newspapers from New South Wales. To find out more click here.