Louise Coakley

Munro Martin Parklands Transformation

After 134 years, the Cairns park known as Munro Martin Park has had a welcome ‘greening’.

The new parklands were officially opened by the Cairns Regional Council and guests during August, and included the unveiling of a specially-commissioned sculpture, and guided walks for the public through all the features of the new park. Continue reading

Cairns DNA genies help FNQ man achieve lifelong wish

Visitors to Cairns & District Family History society usually know a little about their recent family history, and are keen to use CDFHS resources to learn more about earlier generations and start building a family tree.

Not Bob Taylor.  When he joined CDFHS in late 2015, the only facts that he knew were his name, his date of birth, and from his birth certificate that his mother was named Sheila Taylor.  Continue reading

Unidentified photos from Pugh family of Queensland

The three photos below were part of a collection from the Pugh family of Ravenswood in North Queensland.

Several of the Pugh daughters worked as nurses at different places throughout Queensland.

Pam Cooper has shared these lovely photographs in the hope that someone may recognise the people involved. Continue reading

DNA test raffle encourages new testers

Far North Queensland must be one of the DNA testing hotspots of Australia, but here at Cairns & District Family History Society we still work hard at encouraging even more of our members (and their families and friends) and visitors to try DNA testing as a part of their family history research. Continue reading

Google Search Tips for Genealogy

Google is an everyday tool used for searching for clues in our family histories.  Out of habit, most users simply type one or more keywords into the search box and take it from there.  But learning a few basic Google tips can have a significant impact on your genealogical research outcomes. Continue reading

Give us a cheesey grin :)

When you leave a comment on any blog page on the internet, wouldn’t you rather see your own choice of profile picture (avatar) than the default icon chosen by the website owner or their theme default?

Well, we’d certainly prefer to see your smiley/cheesy grin or your own unique choice of icon design in amongst our new blog comments. Continue reading