Picture Noosa is an online collection of images that depict the history and development of the Noosa region. They are an excellent source for local history research, school assignments or for anyone interested in seeing how the area looked in days gone by.  

View or search for images on the Noosa Library Service Noosa Library Service catalogue

The images in the Picture Noosa collection have been provided from private family collections as well as by local photographers.   

Picture Noosa includes the Griffiths Photographic Collection, a collection of images taken between the 1960s to 1990s by local photographers Griffiths Studio.  Learn more about the studio in the oral history interviews with Bill Griffiths  and Sue Griffiths .

Donating images

Images are added to the Picture Noosa collection on an ongoing basis and the library welcomes welcome donations of images from the public.  If you have images that you are interested in donating to the collection, please contact the Heritage Coordinator by email or by calling 5329-6534.  Any photos, negatives or slides loaned to the library are scanned and the originals returned to the owner.

Using the images

It is intended that the images in Picture Noosa will be used for general viewing, private study or research.  They may not be duplicated, modified, published or used for any other purpose without express written permission of the copyright holder.


Copyright laws are in place to protect the creators of artistic and literary works (including photographs). Australian copyright law includes: Copyright Act 1968, Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000, Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000.

Ownership of copyright

Many of the images in the Picture Noosa database are out of copyright. They were taken before 1955 and the copyright has lapsed. Where this has occurred the images are in the public domain and copyright clearance is unnecessary. In all cases where an image is still in copyright, permission to copy must be obtained from the copyright owner. The responsibility to identify the copyright owner and to obtain permission to use the image, rests with the person who wishes to use the image. For current advice contact the Australian Copyright Council. 

Indigenous Australians are advised that Picture Noosa may include images or names of people now deceased.

Family History

Copies of the images may be ordered by contacting the Heritage Coordinator – fees may apply.

Email: heritage@noosa.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 5329 6534
Mail: Heritage Coordinator
Noosa Library Service
PO Box 141
Tewantin, QLD, 4565