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



+ postage and packaging $5

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


The Daintree Blockade

the Battle for Australia’s Tropical Rainforests

2017 344 pp

Bill Wilkie


(+ postage and packing $10)

+ postage and packaging $5

Booklets and Pamphlets

The Battle of the Coral Sea Illustrated story of May 1942. 14pp  1998 Billie Lloyd $3
Ellen Thomson Murder Illustrated story of Ellen Thomson.   17pp   1997 Billie Lloyd $5
A Walk Back into the History of Port Douglas 1877-1994 $2
Ellen Thomson and John Harrison statements Actual handwritten statements.    18pp   1887 $5
PD School pages Photographic copy of School Rolls 1879-1962 (A4 size). 38pp 2005 $30
PD School 334 Reference Data for Admission Register 1879-1962. 96pp 2005 $20
PD Cemetery Walk A Walk Through Time in the Pioneer Cemetery Billie 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 – David Rex

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 Daintree - 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 Travelled (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 Church 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

49. The Western Front – With Reference to Diggers of Douglas - Ken Keith

50. Hou Wang Palace Temple, Port Douglas - Jacky Tam

51. History of Red Cross in Mossman and Personal Involvement - Marveen Hodgson

52. Some History of Road Sugar Transport from Mossman to Cairns Wharf - John White

53. Francis [Family] History - Jocelyn White

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.