History and heritage resources
An important part of City of Gold Coast’s heritage work is making information available for research and education (or putting you in contact with someone else who can help), and engaging people's interest in this city's history and heritage through special events.
If you are working on a project or assignment, or simply want to know more about Gold Coast history, follow the links below to learn about the city's past, upcoming heritage events to attend, or about some of the other heritage organisations in our community.
The City's Heritage team organise special events where you can come along and learn more about the history of our city. Special heritage days are held every two years. The team has also held several other significant events and exhibitions, such as The Perfect Fit (2014). Educational materials gained from these exhibitions can be found in the next section.
Educational materials about the city’s history and heritage are available for download, including historical fact sheets:
- created for the Southport sea wall dig in 2013
- about multicultural entrepreneurs that helped shape our city's commercial profile
- describing life on the coast during World War II
- a booklet about the South Sea Islanders who contributed to the sugar industry of the Gold Coast.
View and download pictures from days gone by:
- A day at the beach - images of Gold Coast beach life from the mid-1880s to the 1970s
- Council history - images of Council members from the 1900s to 1995.
Find information and images describing what we, with the public’s help, found when we conducted archaeological digs of the Southport Seawall and Ageston Plantation.
Museums and local groups
There are many community museums and local interest groups willing to help you discover the history and heritage of our city.