Grafton Library provides an extensive collection of resources dedicated to the cultural history of Grafton and surrounding areas.

Local Studies area

Local Studies Collection

Oral History

Over 150 recorded interviews from many well-known members of the Grafton community can be accessed in the library using our oral history Sound Dome.  As part of a special project organised by Grafton’s U3A members, these interviews bring to life the personal memories and experiences on growing up and living on the Clarence.

Reflections on the Clarence – Oral history interviews

Mackey Archives Collection

Clarence Regional Library now hosts one of the largest collections of north coast history resources after the generous donation from local Historian and genealogist Nola Mackey. It is available for members of the community interested in exploring local history and heritage

The Mackey Archives is a collection of books, maps, photos, and ephemera which has been collected over the last 50 years –  it is a treasure trove of Northern NSW history.

The Mackey Archive Reading Room is located in the Grafton Library and is open Monday to Thursday 10:00 – 3:00 (by appointment only)

To visit please book at least one working day in advance by calling (02) 6641 0111.

Newspaper records

The library provides access to a number of past local papers on microfilm. Some of these are now available to read online through the National Library ‘Trove‘ website

  • The Advocate and advertiser for the Clarence, Richmond and New England districts – view on Trove 1859 – 1889
  • The Big River express
  • The Clarence and Richmond examiner – view on Trove 18591889 – 1915
  • Clarion
  • The Daily Examiner – view on Trove 1915 – 1954
  • The Grafton argus and Clarence River general advertiser
  • The Grafton daily argus
  • The Grip

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