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, want to know more about Gold Coast history, or learn about some of the other heritage organisations in our community follow the links below.
Educational materials about the city’s history and heritage are available for download, including historical fact sheets, booklets and Australian History curriculum based education packs:
- 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
- education packs for Year 2 and Year 3 about Mudgeeraba Heritage Walk
- a booklet about the South Sea Islanders who contributed to the sugar industry of the Gold Coast
- a booklet and education pack for Year 3 and Year 9 about World War 1 on 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.