Grafton Library provides an extensive collection of resources dedicated to the cultural history of Grafton and surrounding areas.
Local Studies Collection
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
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 1859, 1889 – 1915
- The Daily Examiner – view on Trove 1915 – 1954
- The Grafton argus and Clarence River general advertiser
- The Grafton daily argus
- The Grip
Catalogue Subject Links
Local Heritage Links
- Clarence Valley Cemeteries Register
- Clarence Valley Heritage buildings studies
- Clarence River Historical Society
- Alumy Creek Public School Museum
- Grafton Heritage Trail
- NSW Heritage search database (select Local Government Area: Clarence Valley)
- History of Richard Craig – an escaped convict who discovered the Clarence Valley district in 183.
- Sir Earle Page – 11th Prime Minister of Australia.
- Clarence River
- Grafton Bridge – is a bascule bridge and opened in 1932.
- Grafton, NSW – in 1851, Governor FitzRoy officially named the town “Grafton”, after his grandfather, the Duke of Grafton, Grafton was proclaimed a city in 1885.