Why our historians want to read your family diaries

IN July 1900, a shipment of oranges, wrapped carefully in tissue paper, left Brisbane’s shores en-route to Canada.

Those oranges, grown in Woombye and Buderim, were part of a successful test conducted by The Department of Agriculture and paved the way for the export of Queensland’s surplus seasonal fruits.

Insights like this help piece together our region’s past and today, Sunshine Coast Council’s historians in residence, are seeking community input to help them continue the fact-finding tradition.

Historians Dr Tony Brady and Brian Rough are hosting two community sessions to chat to community members who believe they have information to inform two specialist research topics: local farming history; and
the community’s involvement during WWII.

Community sessions will be held at Glass House Mountains, Nambour and Landsborough on February 15 and 23 and the one-on-one sessions can be pre-booked at heritage.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski encouraged people to take the opportunity to talk about farming and WWII family history and consider speaking speak with the historians.