Researching your house

Finding out a bit of the history of your house can be exciting: when it was built, who lived there, are there any old photos of the house? Finding information can also be difficult if not impossible sometimes. We recently presented a workshop on ways to research your house history that can get you started.
Click here to view the entire presentation on YouTube.

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

A large component of your research will focus on finding the people who lived in or established your home therefore the journey will include genealogical research. Did you know you can access Ancestry Library Edition, FREE, via Gympie Regional Libraries membership? Click here. Visit our branches to access freely via our wifi network using your own devices or access via our public computers.

Currently due to COVID-19, the State Library of Queensland is providing temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition until 30 September 2020 (reviewed towards the end of the month, may be extended). Click here for access to Ancestry Library Edition from home (you will need to join as a member of the State Library – instant sign up with email).

To assist you in the research of the history of your home, here are some tips on where to begin….


    • 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?




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. 

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 
    • advice on Trove research – searching digitised newspaper archives
    • microfilm access to all back copies of  ‘The Gympie Times & Mary River Mining Gazette’ and ‘Nashville Times’
    • navigating the Gympie Library Local History resources and archives
Gympie Regional Libraries Website    Facebook     YouTube
Gympie Family History Society  Website     Facebook

useful websites for house research

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.

State Library of Queensland, Built Heritage 

State Library of Queensland, House History 

John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland – website includes digitised parts of collection including manuscripts, diaries, business and station records, photos, maps, architectural plans, and more

John Oxley Library Blog, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland, OneSearch – search State Library of Queensland collections/catalogue

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

Trove, National Library of Australia, repository of digitised collections, newspapers, photos, maps, letters, gazettes from National Library Collections and other information organisations

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