Shifting Sands: Yeppoon, Banner

Photographic images are useful tools for environmental historians and have their place alongside the official documents generated by environmental regulators and managers, and the unofficial written observations and oral testimonies of everyday citizens attuned to their natural surroundings. The photographs in the Historical Coastlines archive were taken for the most part over the past 130 years by residents of the Rockhampton/Capricorn Coast region for their own pleasure, usually to capture and preserve memories of pleasant scenes and happy holidays. Most are not forensic in intent, nor were they conceived and composed with any practical purpose in mind. Nevertheless, they do allow us to see in a vivid way, how earlier generations regarded, used and enjoyed the local riverine and coastal environments.

Historical photographs also can provide scientists with useful biophysical baseline data to trace environmental change over time. This page is designed to show how the photographs in this collection might be used to help understand how a particular environment works. They show the main beach at the Central Queensland town of Yeppoon, first settled in the early 1870s. Here is a photo of Yeppoon taken in 2002 with the main beach at the left.

Yeppoon, 2002
Magnifying glass Mullins, 2002
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