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Regional Resources

A Cairns Post Headline

Cairns Street Names

Do you want to know more about the street or suburb you live in? Check out the Cairns Regional Council website for information on the origin and histories of Cairns' street names and suburbs. Other information available includes local heritage trails, and local heritage studies and registers.

Text Queensland - Queensland's Past Online

Text Queensland is a free website that presents a unique and dynamic collection of full-text, searchable, digitised sources on Queensland's colonial and state history.

eBook - Queensland and Queenslanders

Incorporating 'Prominent Queenslanders' / compiled by Australian History Publishing Co. (1936)

Life in Australia: Cairns (short film)

This short film was made in 1964 and is now held by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Part of the Life In Australia series, it was made for the Department of Immigration, to entice immigrants from Europe. It provides a wonderful look at life in Cairns in the past, where people ‘like to take life at an easy pace, enjoying the sun and the tropical climate, and living in homes built to be cool in the heat of the day’.

The Regional Resources Collection

This collection is housed at the City Library and contains titles which relate to Cairns and the Far North Queensland area. The collection includes information on the history, culture, environment and development of the region.

Please note this is a reference collection and items may not be borrowed. This ensures the preservation and availability of the collection for the community.

The collection includes:

  • Books relating to the history, culture, geography and development of the region as well as locally authored and published material
  • Microfilm of local newspapers including The Cairns Post (1884-1893, 1897 to present). Please note: that there is a 3-6 month delay on the most current Cairns Post newspapers.
  • Trove's Historic Australian Newspapers allow you to view and search the Cairns Post (Qld. : 1884 – 1893, 1909 - 1954) and other Australian newspapers online.
  • Material published by local organisations, including the Cairns Historical Society Bulletin
  • Street directories
  • Profiles, reports and studies produced by local government
  • CD-ROMs
  • Maps (including topographical, nautical, cadastral, and aerial)

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