CHS Research Centre
Discover The Collection
The CHS Research Centre is open but researchers are asked to book before visiting.
Booking requests and research inquiries can be made by email
The CHS Research Centre holds more than 60,000 items of personal, professional and Government papers and ephemera; books; unpublished reports; newspapers; photographs; journal articles and maps.
The collection covers the area from Cardwell to Normanton and north to the Torres Strait, taking in most of the Wet Tropics, Cape York Peninsula and the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria. Cairns is a particular focus.
Items can be viewed on the premises and the entire collection, including photographs, is digitally catalogued and searchable by subject, as well as by author and title fields. Bookings are required. Use the "Research Inquiry" button below to request a booking.
As yet the catalogue is not available online but our archive and photographic researchers are available to assist you search and discover the collection.
Email queries are welcome and our researchers can pull together materials from the collection, copy or digitise and send them if you are unable to visit in person.
- Entry to the Research Centre & onsite assistance: $10 including Museum entry (members free)
- Photocopying/Digital copies: 40c per A4 page
- High Res photographic scans: $26 (includes GST)
- Research (email or phone requests): $16.50 per hour (includes GST)
The Society is always interested in hearing from people with original documents, photographs, diaries etc from Cairns and Far North Queensland. If you have an original item that you think we could be interested in, please use the research inquiry form below to make contact. We would love to hear from you!