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 Bob Carney with his bullock team attached to a car outside the Fitzroy Hotel, Coffs Harbour, circa 1912


Coffs Harbour was originally known as Korff's Harbour after Captain John Korff, who sheltered here in 1847 but this name was misspelt on Sydney survey records so it remains known as Coffs Harbour to this day.

Coffs Harbour was used as a shipping port to carry cedar logs which were rafted down the creek then loaded and shipped out. From around the turn of the century, farmers introduced dairy herds, these where the mainstay of the district until the profitability of cultivating, banana's and other fruit and vegetables became apparent in the 1930's.

Coffs Harbour City Library has a range of materials to help you discover more interesting facts about the history of the Coffs Harbour district and the people that live in it, including:

Local Studies Collection  

The library has a special collection of Local Studies material held at the central library, which currently holds over 700 titles (June 2011) specific to the local area.

Picture Coffs Harbour

Picture Coffs Harbour is a joint project of Coffs Harbour City Library and Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, and aims to digitally preserve and improve access to historical pictures significant to the Coffs Harbour region. These pictures are drawn from the Library's and, in particular, the Museum's extensive collections.

Voice of Time Oral History Collection 

The Voice of Time oral history project is a collection of 150 interviews with descendents of pioneering families and long-time residents of the Coffs Harbour region. The original project was completed in 1988 as an Australian Bicentennial project. It has now been digitised by Coffs Harbour City Library and published in digital format to enable improved preservation and public access.

Newspaper Index

This index contains article citations from the Coffs Coast Advocate between 1993 and 2004. Only articles relating to Coffs Harbour and its people have been indexed.


50 Stories project

The library's ‘50 stories’ is an innovative project using an online blog site and digital media to showcase its history and its impact on users over the years. This project includes oral history interviews with library customers and some ex-staff members. New stories will be added each month until all 50 stories are published by the end of the year.

Library 50th Anniversary

Coffs Harbour City Council