The Maryborough Chronicle Indexing Project

Janet Martin is in the final stages of indexing 'All local names mentioned' in the Maryborough Chronicle newspaper from 1860 to 1940. Estimated completion time for the Pioneer Edition CD (1860 - 1900) is first half of 2018

The Maryborough Chronicle has been published since November 1860 and covers central, coastal Queensland (map).  The paper is now known as the Fraser Coast Chronicle. This time consuming indexing project has progressed over the past 10 years.  The indexes will be divided onto 2 CDs.   The CDs are meant to be used in conjunction with the Maryborough Chronicle Newspaper Micro-films, which have been digitalized and are online at or the actual microfilms held by some State Libraries as well as the Hervey Bay Library.  The CD will give you the date, and page number where the individual is mentioned in the newspaper.  The story then needs to be read from the micro-films or from the relevant page on Trove website.

Note: When using the Trove website, it is recommended that you enter the page number from the CD and visually look at the page, as the Trove search engine, misses many entries.  When using Trove, it is possible to print the information and if using the Kodak film reader at the HBFHA room, it will allow a photo-copy to be taken of the page/story.

The 55 year period from January 1885 to December 1940 is now complete. These indexes, which contain approximately 570,000 entries, are now available on CD, which is available for public purchase by contacting Janet.

If you do not have access to Maryborough Chronicle microfilms, or a computer to go to the Trove website, or for more information about the Maryborough Chronicle Index CD, please email Janet at or click here.

The names indexed from the newspapers are in the following categories: Adv=Advertisement / B=Birth / D=Death / Div=Divorce / Eng=Engagement / F=Funeral / Inq=Inquiry / InMem=In Memoriam  / M=Marriage  / Obit=Obituary  / P=Photo / RofH=Roll of Honour / W=Writeup.

The CD index contains much more information (see above categories) than earlier indexes done by others. The earlier indexes (1900-1930) which were done on microfiche, listed only birth, death and marriage references for Maryborough residents, whereas the CD index, lists ALL LOCAL AREA NAMES mentioned for any reason. This CD is a very comprehensive tool for finding family information in much of Queensland during the time frame covered.  

These databases are available for reference only, in the Hervey Bay Family History room at the Hervey Bay Library, by clicking on the 'Maryborough Chronicle Index' icon in the Queensland folder on the desktop of each computer and are copyrighted material.