The Cairns Historical Society’s photographic collection has been assessed as nationally significant for its extensive visual record of Cairns and Far North Queensland, including Cape York Peninsula.

The Cairns Historical Society holds over 46,000 digitised
photographs. The photographs can be searched and viewed in our collection catalogue.

The catalogue is not yet available online but our
photographic team know the collection intimately and
can assist with any query.

Researchers can book to access the collection in person or submit an online request. All searches requested to the Society require an initial 1 hour payment fee with a reduced hourly rate fee for every hour thereafter. This goes towards the important job of covering costs to maintain our significant collection for future generations to enjoy. Cairns Historical Society is committed to its role as custodians of this great community asset.

Copies of items may be purchased, subject to copyright restrictions.

historical image of group of men workers rolling barrels on a dirt track
historical image of man setting up camera with two kids outside

Photo Enquiries

Email Cairns Historical Society to make an enquiry about our photographic collection.

historical image of women at printing press

Society Publications

Discover our range of local history publications, research and thematic papers.


Research our Photographic Collection

Historical Society Memberships