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Another award for MFHS volunteer

Yvonne Perberdy

Yvonne Perberdy

Congratulations to our own Yvonne Peberdy for her Mackay Regional Council Australia Day honour:

Arts and Culture Senior Award (new sub category) – Yvonne Peberdy

2015 Arts and Culture Senior Award winner Yvonne Peberdy has a passion for preserving history of the Mackay region for future generations.

She first joined the Mackay Family Historical Society Incorporated in 1982 and has documented the history of her own Howard family, an early family in the region.

She also helped compile the Early Settlers of Mackay 1860 to 1885, taking on the role of coordinator of this meticulous project, which took four years to complete.

Ms Peberdy is currently coordinating another project the Mackay Family History Society has taken on in conjunction with Mackay Regional Council. The aim is to create an accurate record of burials in Mackay Cemetery, which has been heritage- listed. This will provide a valuable research tool for families tracing their family history.

trove-logo-delUPDATE!!! Mackay’s Newspapers’ Digitization has Commenced

A check of NLA’s Trove web site ( shows that some Mackay Mercury from 1887-1905 and Daily Mercury from 1906-1954 editions have already been digitized and are now online. The work will hopefully be completed by end end of the financial year.

Good News For Mackay Researchers

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints family history library on the corner of Field and McGinn Streets Mackay, is now open each Wednesday from 9:00am – 2:30pm. Researchers are able to view original parish records on a range of microfiche in stock and if the ones you want are not in stock, they are able to order them in for future viewing.

Check out the latest articles in the Blog!

Blog_image Read about some of Mackay’s pioneers and the intriguing stories behind one family’s postcards which were written over 100 years ago.