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The Douglas Shire Historical Society

The Douglas Shire Historical Society meets on the first Monday of every month, alternately in Port Douglas and Mossman at 2pm. We visit historic sites and hear presentations on local history. We encourage our members to research and present their findings or to share old photos.

Join the Society for a subscription of $10 p.a. or $15 for a family. To download a membership form click here for all other enquiries click here.

What the Society does:

  • Operates the Court House Museum, Port Douglas (you are welcome to join the roster as a volunteer attendant)
  • Conducts historic walks for groups along the heritage trail in Port Douglas
  • Researches and publishes local history books and bulletins
  • Collects local history papers, historic photographs and oral histories
  • Prepares and mounts poster displays for schools and the community
  • Promotes signposted historic walks in Port Douglas, Mossman and Daintree Village

Our latest projects are:

  • Researching the location and recording details of old farm machinery in our area
  • A database of graves in the Port Douglas cemetery is in preparation
  • A guided walk through the Mossman cemetery is being researched

Resources & Credits

Many of the images contained on this site are from the State Library of Queensland, which holds the world's largest collection of photographic material relating to the history and development of Queensland and are credited as such.

Other reference sources are suggested for research:

Warning. This site may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased.
It also contains links to sites that may offend some viewers

Map of the region

Latest News


We are proud to announce that DSHS in partnership with Douglas Shire Council, were awarded a High Commendation at the recent National Trust 2019 Queensland Heritage Awards for Conservation Works on the Port Douglas Flagstaff.

Life Member Noel Weare and Mayor Julia Leu accepted the award in Brisbane.



Monday December 2nd at 6.30pm

at Mojo's Mossman

Please RSVP to Annette.

The big raffle will be drawn at the party.




The Society is digitising its collection snd would like help.

Cataloguing and entering items into the new database are required.

Learn about our history at the same time.

Volunteers are also needed to help at the Court House Museum

To be involved with either of these 'jobs', please email infodouglashistory.orgau


 Court House Museum

is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 1pm. It is always staffed by enthusiastic volunteers who are happy to answer your local history questions.

It is wheelchair accessible with a portable ramp kindly donated by John and Jocelyn White

Like our Facebook page.

We also have two blogs on line: 




Visit the Port Douglas
Court House Museum

Wharf Street, Port Douglas
(beside the Police Station)

Open Tuesdays, Thursdays,
Saturdays and Sundays
From 10am to 1pm

Click to download brochure

Portable wheelchair ramp available, please ask the volunteer on duty.

Society's Awards