Local History

The Local History collection is housed at Mossman Library and contains titles that relate to the Douglas Shire and areas to the north of the Shire. The collection includes:

  • Books, photographs and general information on the history, culture, environment and development of the Shire as well as locally authored and published material.
  • A limited range of microfiche available
  • The National Library of Australia’s Trove website allows you to view and search full text articles from many Australian newspapers, mostly 1803 to 1954, and including the Cairns Post from 1909 to 1954.

For more information on the history of the Douglas Shire visit the Douglas Shire Historical Society website.

If you should require further information about the Library’s historical resources please contact Library staff on 4099 9496.

Historical Photo Archive

Take a journey through history and explore the historical photo archive of the Douglas Shire and the surrounding area.

From wartime to agriculture, to natural disasters to our natural environment, the photo archive provides a fascinating glimpse into moments from history.

Historical Photo Archive

This Project was made possible thanks to the financial assistance from the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland