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Gold Coast history and heritage

Discover how the City of Gold Coast is working to conserve and celebrate the rich and unique heritage of the Gold Coast.

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Heritage exhibitions and events

City of Gold Coast has an active program of heritage events and other activities ranging from community-based exhibitions through to the ever popular Heritage Expo and Fair. These showcase the heritage and stories of the Gold Coast.

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Proudly supported by the Queensland Government - ANZAC Centenary

From Cables to Commemoration: the Gold Coast home front 1914-1918

This is the current exhibition from the City’s Heritage unit. It explores the effect of World War 1 on the Gold Coast. World War 1 had a profound impact on all of Australia and while there are many national stories about the war, there are al so those particular to individual communities.

From Cables to Commemoration: the Gold Coast home front 1914–1918 looks at some of the key themes and stories which emerged from this tumultuous part of the city’s history. The exhibition is located at the Southport Library on Level 1, corner of Garden and Lawson Streets, Southport. It will be on display from 19 November 2016 to February 2017.


This project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

To find out more download the From Cables to Commemoration: the Gold Coast home front 1914–1918 booklet.

Heritage open day

Wooden 'historic Mudgeeraba' sign leaning against wagon wheel

The first Gold Coast Heritage open day was held, as the Gold Coast Heritage Expo, in 2006 to showcase the work of the City’s small museums and heritage groups. It provided a wonderful opportunity for the City to focus on our rich history and heritage by involving the whole community.

This event has become a regular feature of our program of events and is held every second year during the National Trust of Queensland heritage festival month.

Mudgeeraba Street Party and Pop-up Museum 2016

In 2016, the Heritage Open Day took the form of a Pop-up Museum at the annual Mudgeeraba Street Party. The pop-up Museum in the Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall was an opportunity to discover some surprising and unexpected things about the early and modern history of the Gold Coast. A traditional CWA Devonshire tea was held in the hall as well as a chance to have a vintage hair style at the vintage pamper station.

The stage show was a dance through the years display. The Mudgeeraba Street Party hosts more than 100 displays from local businesses and community groups, live musical performances on the Village Green and the famous street parade through town.

Entry to the Mudgeeraba Street Party is free. The next street party will be held on 7 April 2019. See the event page for details.

Education materials developed for these exhibitions can be found on the Educational materials page.

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