online research

 Ancestry Library Edition


"You don't need to know what you are looking for... You just have to start looking."   To find information on your ancestors click here to access, for free, thousands of records covering Colonial Australia and beyond.  (Please note  available in  libraries only)
State Library of Queensland E-resources
Queensland Public Library members have access to many of the State Library E-resources. Please click on the following link to register for a  QPL account with the State Library.  Have your membership card handy and enter the barcode number where required. 

Set up QPL Account

Whitsunday Regional Library members now have access to AustLit - an incredibly rich online resource for anyone interested in exploring the diversity of Australian literature. It is produced through a non-profit collaboration between a network of researchers from Australian universities and the National Library of Australia, led by The University of Queensland.  AustLit is an authoritative database about Australian literature and storytelling, with biographical and bibliographical information, full text, exhibitions and rich online content.

The AustLit platform also includes BlackWords - the most comprehensive record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander publications available and includes writing, storytelling, biographical material, film and much more.

To access Austlit click here, then click on the Download folder.  Login with your library card number and your PIN and then click on the Access Austlit online button.

Useful research links

The following links have been  selected as useful links to assist members in finding information for personal or research purposes. The links allow members to access the latest statistics, search old newspapers, research family history and find government websites.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian War Memorial


National Libraries of Australia Digitised Newspapers

Bureau of Meteorology

Qld Births, Deaths and Marriages

Australian Government directories
 The Queensland Law Handbook







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