Researching your house


Here is our guide to assist you in researching your house. Often you will find more information if you also focus on finding the people who lived in or established your home. Therefore, including genealogical  research avenues will give more life to your house history.

GT Saturday, September 17, 1938 p. 3 House numbering introduced
House numbering system (The Gympie Times, 17 Sep 1938)

What do you know?
Do you have any property records or house documentation?
What do neighbours, previous owners or community members know?
Do you know the approximate age of the building?
Was the building a residential and/or commercial building?

|| Street names sometimes change
|| The house numbering system commenced 1938 in Gympie
|| Was your house moved onto the property from elsewhere?
|| Read more about Queensland addresses here

COMMONLY USED SOURCES particularly in determining when they were built and who they were built for, are:

|| Street directories, Electoral Rolls, Post Office Directories (Ancestry, Gympie Regional Libraries)
|| Council rate books  (Contact Gympie Regional Libraries, Local History Officer)
|| Title Office records  (Contact Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy)

(Source: Tracing the History of a House / National Library of Australia / 19 September 2018)


Check with any local or family history organisations in your area. Your house may have already been researched or have significant people associated with your house.  Here are some in the Gympie Region:

Gympie Family History Society Inc. [Website]    [Facebook]

Gympie Regional Libraries, Local History Section [Website]   [Facebook]

Our local history officer, based at Gympie Library may be able to assist you with:

|| house history research currently held
|| miners homestead lease numbers and land valuation records (limited areas)
|| advice on Ancestry research
(free Ancestry Library Edition access within our libraries)
advice on
Trove research – searching digitised newspaper archives
|| microfilm access to all back copies of 
‘The Gympie Times & Mary River Mining Gazette’
navigating the Gympie Library Local History resources and archives


Corley Explorer  (recommended use in Chrome browser) Photo collection of houses from the 1960’s to the 1970’s by Frank and Eunice Corley, donated to the State Library of Queensland.

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Properties and title search, Queensland place names search,

Queensland State Archives
Lands and mining records including archival records of maps, land orders, sales and leases, rates/land valuation registers, acquisitions and mining records, buildings built or used by the government.

National Archives of Australia  search records [Records Search]   for people or a name to find records about people associated with the home…. such as Passenger Records, Australian Service/Military records for addresses/residence/next of kin, etc.  May also assist with records of First Australians (indigenous) records


QImagery online aerial photograph library, collection from 1930’s onwards

Queensland Globe  online interactive tool of Queensland mapping, imagery and spatial data