I first caught the bug for Family History way back in 1986 during a trip to Glasgow. The bug went away for a while but has come back big time during the last 3 years I have been living in Cairns.
As a member of CDFHS, it never ceases to amaze me the knowledge our members have and the willingness to share same.
You just never know what treasures you might find hidden in the bookshelves of historical collections.
Whilst browsing in the Queensland section of the Cairns & District Family History Society’s library, I came across this article and poem written by my husband’s paternal great grandmother, in a Queensland Pioneer Book. Continue reading
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
Martyn Street Cemetery, or as it was originally known, Cairns General Cemetery, was gazetted and opened 100 years ago in 1916.
It was the third cemetery in the town of Cairns just 40 years after its settlement. It is the resting place of many of the early pioneers, battlers and gentry of the Cairns region. Continue reading
CDFHS has been informed of the existence of a marble plaque – broken in two – that was found in a building in Cairns which is set for demolition.
There is evidence on the back of the plaque that it… Continue reading
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
Twins, Anna Petronella Gronlund and her brother, Wilhelm Fredrik Gronlund, were born on 29 April 1864 in Rebbelberga, Skane, Sweden; the eldest children of Sven Jonasson Gronlund and his second wife, Sara Kristina Grip.
Another set of twin boys was… Continue reading
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
Email from David (Nov, 2015)
I was born in Cairns in 1947 and my mother kept me for a short time and then decided to adopt me out. I had always known my birth mother’s name but had never been successful in tracking down any information. Continue reading
Those who frequent the current Cairns & District Family History Society building at 20-30 Hartley Street may be interested to see what the address looked like when I grew up on the same site during the mid-1950s and early 1960s. Continue reading