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The Cairns Historical Society was formed in 1958 to record the written, pictorial and oral history of North Queensland.

MinerWe currently operate a library and research facility opening hours are:  Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm

The library and research facility are open to members, the general public, students, professional researchers, authors and family historians. A small charge is levied on non-members for the use of the facilities. The library carries an extensive range of books (3,100), journals, manuscripts and documents (25,000) relating to local history, Aboriginal and Islander studies, shipping, mining, wartime records, family history and other items of historical interest. A good range of early newspapers, and other research material are available on microfilm or fiche in the research facility, together with an extensive range of photographs (23,000) and maps (2,250). A catalogue of these items is accessible through a computer at the research facility.

We are located at 17 Grafton Street Cairns

History of the Cairns Historical Society

The School of Arts was an early organisation in the development of Cairns. It was established at a public meeting held in late October 1885 and was opened by the Premier of Queensland, Sir Samuel Griffith, when he visited Cairns in 1886 to turn the first sod in the construction of the railway from Cairns to Herberton. The founding President was the Police Magistrate, H.M. Chester, and Trustees, R.T. Hartley, D. Patience and A.J. Draper.

During the early 1890's, with Cairns in the doldrums the institution went into recess, but was returned to active operation on 16 February 1897, and flourished from that time forward until taken over by the Cairns City Council in 1977.

In 1958 the School of Arts committee decided it should sponsor the formation of an historical society for the express purpose of studying and recording the history of the far northern region of Queensland. Having sought and obtained the backing of the Cairns City Council, The Historical Society, Cairns, North Queensland Inc was established. Under its very active inaugural president Mr S E Stephens, the Society immediately commenced to gather published and unpublished records and photographs of local events in the history of North Queensland. The Society publishes a monthly bulletin of a brief written record of some event in the past history of the area.



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