The history of local Broadford families will be on display during the Broadford Historical Society's Australia Day celebrations, like that of Martha Neill and some of her children.

Broadford Historical Society is once again helping Broadford celebrate Australia Day with its annual photographic display.

With hundreds of people expected to flock to the Island Reserve in Broadford for Australia Day celebrations, people are invited to wander through the museum, located opposite the post office.

All of the society’s buildings will be open to the public for browsing including the always popular Courier newspaper office, and the original Broadford police lock-up cell with lots of police memorabilia on display and feature articles to read.

This year’s theme is ‘families who have lived in Broadford over the past 50 years or so’ and follows the society’s successful online Facebook event during History Month 2021, which had the same theme.

Hilary Mackenzie, from the Broadford Historical Society, invited all to attend the event to learn about the history of Broadford’s longtime families and perhaps even contribute to provide missing links of information or photos to the collection.

“We are hoping that more people attending on Australia Day will be able to contribute information or photos to the collection as that’s what the society is after,” she said.

“It’s amazing the things you can learn as well, I am not a local but have learnt a lot through the society’s collections.”

Every day during October last year, longtime Broadford families were celebrated with a short written and photographic story.

“It was extremely well received with hundreds of people joining every day, contributing to the conversations, sharing photos, and adding to the posts with their own recollections,” Ms Mackenzie said

“Mitchell Shire was in lockdown, and it gave people a reason to smile, to join in the fun and share their memories. Contributions were received from overseas, interstate and locally from Broadford residents, and relatives of the families featured.”

The contributions assisted Broadford Historical Society to add much-needed information to their database for future generations to share.