The Cairns Historical Society is a volunteer – run organisation. Volunteers are at the heart of all our operations, including the Cairns Museum, the CHS Research Centre and our Schools Program. Members and supporters help us care for the collection and share this regions amazing history


The Cairns Historical Society is a proud volunteer-run organisation.


Find out more about Cairns Historical Society membership.


Learn more about donations and the Society’s bequest program.


Without the support of sponsors and valued partners, how work would not be possible.

Do you care about our history and want to help share it?

The Cairns Historical Society is a proud volunteer-run organisation. Our volunteers do everything from tour guiding, bookings, exhibitions and reception at the Museum, to cataloguing, data entry, collections management, conservation, photography, office admin and working with school children.

We offer training for young people seeking to develop skills, older people looking to refresh skills or anyone looking to make contacts in a new community.

We welcome new people and you don’t have to be an expert in history. A friendly attitude and a willingness to join in are all you need to start.

The Cairns Historical Society needs funds to care for our collections, keep our workplace safe for volunteers and to renew our museum exhibitions.

The Society is a registered Charity and has ATO deductible gift recipient status.

If you would like to make a tax deductable donation to the Cairns Historical Society, we would love to hear from you. You can donate directly using the button below. No donation is too small, as every cent is welcome.

The Society also has a Sponsors program, which offers a range of benefits.

If you would like more information, please email  We will follow up and are very happy to respond to any questions or provide more information.

The Society also has a bequest program and can provide information on how you can remember the Society in your will.

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Sponsorship and Donation:


Major Sponsor

Cairns Regional Council.

The Cairns Historical Society and the Cairns Museum are proudly supported by Cairns Regional Council.

Platinum Sponsor

MacDonnells Law 

The links between MacDonnells Law and the Cairns Historical Society extend back to the earliest days of the Cairns Historical Society

School Trailer Sponsor

Ports North

Ports North has been part of Cairns since 1906, when regional communities came together to secure the future of the Port of Cairns. 


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Patrons and Donors

  • Cairns Penny Savings and Loans
  • Dr Jonathon Richards
  • Bruce Henderson
  • The Koch Family & KIB Insurance Brokers
  • Patrick Shears
  • The Hon. Stanley Jones AO
  • The Kamsler Family
  • Beth Pearson
CHS Bulletin #6, April 1959

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