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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

 NEXT MEETING

MONDAY 5th November 2018

2pm at DSHS Resource Centre

19 Wharf St, Port Douglas

Guest Speaker:  David Rutherford

David will continue his address, this time focussing on Port Douglas history

Afternoon tea. All welcome.

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NEW RESOURCE CENTRE 

We had a wonderful Official Opening with Mayor Julia Leu cutting the ribbon, and welcomed our sponsors, supporters and members, and colleagues from Cairns Historical Society

Volunteers are encouraged to help with cataloguing and databasing. Please contact infodouglashistory.orgau to lend a hand

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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: 

infodshs.wordpress.com

and

www.DouglasShireHistory.wordpress.com

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