My Great Uncle Walter Holliday

Walter Holliday was born on 23 December 1891, at home, in Schwanfelder Place, Beeston, Leeds in Yorkshire, England; the eighth of nine children born to William and Mary Ann (nee Ward) Holliday.  He was my paternal grandmother’s younger brother. At the age of 21, he decided to leave England and come and live with my […]

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One of the perks of CDFHS membership

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 […]

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The pioneer who put her experiences into verse

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.

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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.

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Martyn Street Cemetery 100 Years

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.

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Mystery plaque found in Cairns

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 was previously attached to something, possibly a headstone. How did it come to be in […]

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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.

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My great grandmother, “Nurse Wilson”

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 to follow on 21 December 1867, then another boy, and two girls.       […]

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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.

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Cairns-born adoptee finds his birth mother

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.

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Flashback to… 28 Hartley Street

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.

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My ‘elusive’ grandfather – George Frederick Davies

I started my own family history research some 25 years ago.  At the time, I was the Historical and Genealogical Officer with the New South Wales Land Titles Office, and had been assisting the general public for many years, through early land records research.  I only ever knew one grandparent, my maternal grandmother, Anna Davies […]

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Ghost walks return to life in Cairns

“Ghost walks return to life” in Cairns with Shadows of the Past dramatised evening tours of the McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.  The event features 12 stories of the lives and deaths of the Cairns pioneers buried there.  The cast of ghosts floating around and speaking their stories, or the stories of their loved ones, will […]

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Keeping History Alive with the Q ANZAC 100 Workshop

I have just spent three absorbing, and very educational days with Niles Elvery, Regional Coordinator, and three other members of the Q ANZAC 100 team from the State Library of Queensland.  The first morning was a unique opportunity to look at some of the State Library’s precious original First World War materials.

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Exploring your Queensland House History

Cairns & District Family History Society was fortunate to have Dr Jan Wegner, Senior Lecturer from James Cook University in Cairns, visit our Resource Centre on Saturday, 21 March, and give us a detailed presentation on how to research properties and explore the history of houses in Queensland.

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Cemetery exposes city’s past

Cairns Post Tuesday 3 Feb, 2015 The following article appeared prominently in the Cairns Post yesterday. It features the McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery education kit researched and written by Cairns & District Family History Society in partnership with the Cairns Regional Council. (Click image to enlarge)     The education kit comprises teacher notes and student […]

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New Drop-In Genealogy Clinic for Cairns

Need help starting to search your family tree?  Need help with a brick-wall? Cairns & District Family History Society is holding family history Drop-In Genealogy Clinics commencing Saturday 24th January, 2015 (free to newcomers!).

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Cemetery curriculum for Cairns kids

McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery – Student Education Pack Cairns Regional Council has just released the Student Education Pack for the beautiful heritage-listed McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery. The pack, which consists of Teacher’s Notes and a Student Workbook, was compiled by Cairns & District Family History Society with the education content written in accordance with Australian […]

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New website ready for visitors!

Cairns & District Family History Society Inc finally has a vibrant new website up and running, ready for visitors! The former website served its purpose very well for many years, mainly as a static information site.

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