Brisbane City Archives

Brisbane City Archives is located off Ipswich Road in the Skyline Business Centre, 15/107-123 Muriel Avenue, Moorooka.

Car parking is available onsite. Visit Translink for public transport options.

Opening hours

Brisbane City Archives is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 2pm. Other times are available by appointment.

To discuss your research needs in advance or to make an appointment, you can:


You can search for archive records using eLibCat (Council's library catalogue).

Records held by the Brisbane City Archives and libraries include:

  • Council and local studies publications
  • Council minutes: from 1859 to 1925 for the original Brisbane City Council area, from 1925 onwards for the greater Brisbane area. Minutes are printed and indexed from 1908
  • Council annual reports from 1940
  • photographs taken by Council photographers from 1940 through 2000
  • Brisbane statistics from 1925 to 1989
  • Council staff leave cards since the 1930s
  • Councillor information - details of service for elected Aldermen and Councillors
  • information on the history of Council parks
  • aerial photographs of Brisbane taken in 1946, 1951 and 1960

Planning and building records held by Brisbane City Archives and libraries include: 

  • an extensive collection of early plans dating from the 1860s
  • detailed plans from 1913, including an outline of existing houses and buildings and their continuing value
  • land use survey maps compiled around 1950-51 to determine zonings for industry and business
  • building registers - Council approvals of building plans for commercial, domestic and additional building work from 1904 to 1945 (except 1935 and 1939). Plans from 1904 to 1925 are for the original Brisbane City Council area; other dates are for the greater Brisbane area


Brisbane Images is a database with over 10,000 images of Brisbane. The images were selected from our photographic archives and date from the 1850s. To access these images, go to the eLibCat and select the Search Brisbane Images link in the blue section near the top of the screen.

The images can also be accessed through the National Library’s Image Portal Picture Australia.

17 March 2014