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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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, […]

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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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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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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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Double commemoration at Herberton Cemetery

In November 2014, I was lucky enough to attend a very special commemorative evening held in Herberton, North Queensland – my home town. The Herberton Lions Club hosted an evening presentation including a history walk through their local cemetery.

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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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Stop! That’s your family!

Coincidence?  Fate?  Serendipity?  Call it what you like, but it happened. My husband Ron and I were passing through Bowen in North Queensland recently, when we got a bit lost and took a wrong turn. We had never intended to drive down Williams Street. But fate must have intended it for us. As we proceeded […]

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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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Past proves popular

The Cairns Sun – 23 July 2014 The Shadows of the Past night-time cemetery performances hosted by the Cairns & District Family History Society Inc has been completely booked out and a wonderful success again this year!  Actors volunteered their time, and the music was provided by the Cairns Brass Band. The performances were produced […]

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Cairns new DNA Interest Group

Cairns FHS has a bunch of new DIGgers… our own DNA Interest Group!  Over 20 people turned up for the first presentation on using DNA in genealogy, and 15 presented for the inaugural DNA Interest Group meeting held last Saturday.

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