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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



  “This Upstart Port Douglas- A different view of Port Douglas – as reported by newspapers between 1873 and 1911” .

To be launched at the Mossman Library by Mayor Julia Leu at 12.30pm on Wednesday, 11th December.  A light lunch is to be provided.  RSVP to 4098 1284 or infodouglashistory.orgau .


At the Members Xmas Party on December 2nd our annual fund-raising raffle was drawn.  Winners were

!st prize of $2,000 travel voucher from HelloWorld Port Douglas:  Marlene Fapani

2nd prize of $50 travel voucher from HelloWorld Port Douglas: Peter Taylor

Many thanks to our valued sponsors:

Central Hotel, Mocka's Pies, HelloWorld PD, Port Douglas Automotive, Bolt Burchill & Tranter, Zammataro Plumbing, LiveLife Pharmacy, the Pink Real Estate, Burmacks

And thanks to IGA PD, Just Jeans PD, Sam from LifeLife Mossman and Mossman Newsagency for allowing us to sell tickets.


Court House Museum


FROM 15th December until 5th January 2020.

It will close again on 25th January for annual maintenance.

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

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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