We have several publications for sale:

Books published by our own not-for-profit Historical Society


Raindrops and Sugar Crops

Tales from South of the Daintree

2010 136pp

Pam Willis Burden


Port's People

Locals' stories of Port Douglas

2005 138pp

Pam Willis Burden


Port of Promise

Illustrated history of Port Douglas

2006 90pp

Glenville Pike


Daintree River Pioneers

Survival in the tropical jungle

2007 62pp

Tricia Fay


Reflecting on the Past

Pictorial history of Port Douglas

2000 104pp

Billie Lloyd


“Let’s Go to the Pictures in Mossman”

Memories of the two cinemas in Mossman

2013 56pp

Pam Willis Burden



Built To Survive

The uncertain journey of a Court House built for Port Douglas – 1879

2017 104 pp

Noel Weare



Books published by others but available from us:

Northern Outpost

Mossman Central Mill Company

1995 184pp

John Kerr



Remembering the Douglas Shire

Pam Willis Burden


No Load to Carry

The history of Craiglie, Mowbray River and Killaloe State Schools 1888-1962

2005 72pp

Marie Finn



+ postage and packaging $5

Booklets and Pamphlets

The Battle of the Coral SeaIllustrated story of May 1942. 14pp  1998Billie Lloyd$3
Ellen Thomson MurderIllustrated story of Ellen Thomson.   17pp   1997Billie Lloyd$5
A Walk Back into the History of Port Douglas 1877-1994$2
Ellen Thomson and John Harrison statementsActual handwritten statements.    18pp   1887$5
PD School pagesPhotographic copy of School Rolls 1879-1962 (A4 size). 38pp 2005$30
PD School 334Reference Data for Admission Register 1879-1962. 96pp 2005$20
PD Cemetery WalkA Walk Through Time in the Pioneer CemeteryBillie Lloyd 2003 4pp



Re-enactment of Ellen Thomson’s commital hearing in the actual court in Port Douglas

A DSHS production.  1997




The Port Douglas Waterfront – a Moment in Time$5
St Mary’s by the Sea$5
Watercolour of Sugar Wharf & original stone pitched approach$1



All bulletins cost $2 + $1p&p

1. The very early days around Mossman River - David Rex
2. Not available
3. Mossman Tramway Reminiscences - Mike Loveday
4. Some history of the Bump and Surrounds - Charley McCracken
5. Setting up a North Queensland Police District in the 1870's - Noel Weare
6. Title Searching - Tom Wilhelm
7. Some notes on the History of the Douglas Shire 1874 - 1945 Part B - David Rex
8. Not available
9. Clearing and Cane Holing Land at Whyanbeel - Charley McCracken
10. Some notes on Hotels at Port Douglas & the Court House Hotel - Noel Weare
11. World War II & the Douglas Shire - David Rex
12. Short-cut to Mount Molloy by and Old aboriginal Walking Track - Charley McCracken
13. Experiences in the Cyclone of 12th March 1934 - Marshall Roberts
14. The 1st 100 years of Pottery in Qld & The Fisher Family Association - Jack Fisher
15. Weather at Mossman South Station 031055 since 1908 - Billie Lloyd
16. Lighthouses & the Low Isles off Port Dougas - Billi Lloyd
17. Life on Low Isles - Alice Cane (nee Nibloe)
18. Women in Isolation from the beginning in Australia - Cathy Jack
19. Mount Molloy - Peter Justice
20. History compiled on the Mullavey Family of Mossman - Cathy Jack
21. History compiled on the Fisher Family of Dainytree - Cathy Jack
22. Police Sergeant Henry Hasenkamp Registered No. 65 - Noel Weare
23. History of the Mossman/Port Douglas Rail System - Graham Jorgensen
24. A Day of rain - 27th January 1969 - Val McCracken
25. History of Port Douglas, Far North Queensland - Pam Willis Burden
26. History of Mossman, Far North Queensland - Pam Willis Burden
27. A Stroke of Luck - Miriam O'Shea
28. History of Mowbray, Far North Queensland - Pam Willis Burden
29. History of Cape Tribulation, Far North Queensland - Pam Willis Burden / Lawrence Mason
30. Social Life in Mossman (1943 - 1946) - Miriam O'Shea (Cooper)
31. Port Douglas Yesteryear - Era of Early Ships Trading to and from the Port - Joe Bettany (1977)
32. Some World War Memories - Val McCracken
33. Traffic Down the Bump - Val McCracken
34. Wonga - Wungkun - Val McCracken
35. With the governor in the North - Unknown (1884)
36. The Road they travlled (cairns Post 1983) - Hugh Borland (1938)
37. A visit to God's Acre (Townsville Daily Bulletin 1938)
38. Chop-Chop - Val McCracken
39. Native Police activity in the Port Douglas District - Dr. Jonathan Richards
40. Building St. David's Chruch Mossman 1912-2012 - Ken Keith
41. Tales of Mossman River - Billie Noli
42. John Basey Isley (1837-1916) – A Short Biography - John Walters
43. Walking the Zig Zag - Val McCraken
44. Summary Statement of Lou Prince’s Contribution to the Sugar Industry and the Douglas Shire Community - Bob Prince
45. Jean Allen’s Reminiscences of Port Douglas - Ruth & Paul Grishy
46. Inquest into the Death of Leong You 1912 - Noel Weare
47. Maurice de Tournouer and Wetherby Brahman Stud Number 2 - John Colliss
48. Mossman Hospital Celebrates 85 Years - Annette Anich

Our photograph collection can be used for research.

Pam has recorded a wide-ranging oral history collection which is now housed in the State Library of Queensland.

To purchase publications, the Society's bank details are:

Bendigo Bank, Port Douglas, Queensland.
BSB:   633-000
ACCOUNT NUMBER:  1218 63286

Please contact us when you have made a payment.  Email

Alternatively you can mail a cheque to PO Box 948, Port Douglas 4877, or visit the Court House Museum to make a purchase.

The Bendigo Bank Port Douglas

Account name: D.S.H.S. Inc
Bsb: 633-000
Acct: 121863286


Please email us when you have deposited your payment.