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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. The name was misspelt on Sydney survey records so the town remains known as Coffs Harbour to this day.


Coffs Harbour was used as a shipping port to carry cedar logs which were rafted down Coffs 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, bananas and other fruit and vegetables became apparent in the 1930s.

Coffs Harbour City Libraries and Coffs Harbour Regional Museum have 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

There is a special collection of local heritage material held at the central library, which currently holds over 1,000 titles (November 2016) specific to the local area.

Picture Coffs Harbour

Picture Coffs Harbour is a joint project of Coffs Harbour City Libraries and Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, and aims to digitally preserve and improve access to historical photographs significant to the Coffs Coast region. 

Voice of Time Oral History Collection 

The Voice of Time oral history project is a collection of 150 interviews with descendants‚Äč of pioneering families and long-time residents of the Coffs Harbour region. The original project was completed in 1988 as an Australian Bicentennial project. The oral history interviews have 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.

Local History Blog

The Library launched a new local heritage blog in 2017, to collect and share historical stories about life on the Coffs Coast. Our history started yesterday.