Collections

The following is just a sample of the collections held or accessible by the MFHS.  Why not come in and check out what we have?

Mackay District 

Births and marriages

  • Presbyterian, Methodist and Uniting Church christenings marriages
  • Holy Trinity Church early records on film

Deaths, burials and memorials

  • Mackay Funeral Directors records of burials July 1923-May 1993
  • Townson collection of funeral, memorial and obituaries from local papers 1984-2010
  • Melrose & Fenwick Stonemason’s funeral notices also from local papers 1955-1984
  • Burial & monumental inscriptions
    • Mackay & Mt Bassett cemeteries
    • Mirani & Walkerston cemeteries
    • Collinsville – burials
    •  Mt Morgan 1890-1980
    • Charters Towers
  • Digital photographs of gravestones and cemetery for:
    • Mackay (completed) & Mt Bassett (ongoing)
    •  Proserpine
    •  North Queensland cemeteries
    •  Nebo Cemetery
    • Ayr & Home Hill

School records

  • Mackay North State Primary school records 1915-1985
  • Marian Mill Primary School register 1886-1894
  • Columboola States School enrolments 1896-1977
  • School gazette books-originals
  • Many schools publications commemorating/celebrating 25, 75, 100, 125 years.

Private family stories and histories

Some of these stories come handwritten, others are typed and they are all shapes and sizes. They may be s story of one person’s life or a conglomeration of memories of folk from one specific place. The family history has usually been written by one or more members for posterity, a reunion or just because … .

This stories hold memories, photographs and data stirred in for good measure to make the past and the people come alive.

Local newspaper clipping collection

We hold scrapbook collections from Cairns and Mackay newspapers.

The Mackay Daily Mercury

Like the smell and feel of old paper? Come and see our very special collection of local newspapers bound in books and file holders in sequential order from 1955 to 2006.

Beyond Mackay District

Besides our very special local resources we do hold records for other regions of Queensland, other Australian States and overseas.

  • IGI – International Genealogical Index (microfiche)
  • BDM for other Australian States. microfiche & CD
  • AIF – Australian Imperial Force’s Honour Roll (microfiche)
  • Census and Vital records for England and Europe on CD
  • Guides directing researchers on how to do their family history
  • Government Gazette for Qld  (CD)& several years for NSW –  microfiche
  • Post Office Directory- various on microfiche
  • Shipping records for Qld, & NSW on film
  • Journals from various organisations and publishers

Internet sites – let us show you how to get the best out of your time on the Internet and where to look along the way.