Environment & Conservation Local History
Coffs Harbour Regional Museum aims to bring Coffs Harbour’s history alive by reflecting the social and cultural history of the Coffs Harbour Region. The Museums primary, but not exclusive emphasis, is on developing collections and exhibitions reflecting the relationships between the region’s residents and the area’s maritime and hinterland waterways.
The museum has been fortunate to have received grants that have helped us to store our valuable photographs. There are thousands of digitised images available on Picture Coffs Harbour to explore any many more to come.
Our interactive exhibitions and rich displays cater for all ages, including children.
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The Coffs Coast region has a rich and fascinating heritage. From Gumbaynggirr stories of spiritual connection to the land, to the stories of lighthouse keepers, pioneers, timber workers, gold miners and farmers, the Coffs Coast is a place of romance, bravery, adventure?, tragedy, and amazing inventions!
Picture Coffs Harbour is a joint project of Coffs Harbour City Library and Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, and aims to digitally preserve and improve access to historical pictures significant to the Coffs Harbour region. These pictures are drawn from the Library's and, in particular, the Museum's extensive collections.
Work commenced on the project in January 2008 and over a thousand records have been created to date, with team members still busy scanning and cataloguing the remainder of the photographic collections - totaling an estimated 10,000 historical photographs altogether.
The images depict all aspects of life in the Coffs Harbour region from earliest settlement through to more contemporary pictures - displaying the area's growth and development over time, as well as other pictures from the Museum's collections. If a picture is worth a thousand words then this project tells an incredible story of Coffs Harbour!