John Oxley Library Community History Award

The State Library of Queensland and the John Oxley Library have a leading role in ensuring that Queensland’s cultural heritage is collected, organised, preserved and made accessible. Our heritage is a critical contributor to our identity and self-understanding.

Funded by the Queensland Library Foundation, the John Oxley Library Community History Award recognises excellence and innovation in the preservation, recording and sharing of Queensland history by community organisations. The Award promotes the rich history of Queensland’s diverse communities, and seeks to encourage the communication of those histories in varied formats. The achievement being recognised may take the form of a print or online publication, exhibition, website, blog, multimedia presentation, walk or tour.

2016 Recipient

The Cairns Museum and Historical Society
In the time since the former Cairns Museum building has been closed to the public to undergo considered proposals and renovations, the members and volunteers of the Museum and Cairns Historical Society have continued to strive and advocate the preservation of Far North Queensland’s heritage and history.  With support given by sponsors, Cairns Regional Council and a commitment by its members, the organisation has grown and strengthened, continuing its mission to provide access to significant resources and collections relevant to North Queensland.

Through its Museum programs, Library and archive, photographic collection, Society publications and newly developed web portal, the Cairns Museum and Historical Society is cohesive in bringing the stories of Cairns and the region to life. The Society operates the Cairns Museum, the Cairns Historical Society Research Centre and the History on the Move School Trailer program. The Society publishes a monthly bulletin, local history publications and manuscripts.

Since 1958 Cairns Historical Society has collected documents, journals, books, photographs, maps, manuscripts and objects relating to the history of Far North Queensland. This material can be accessed in person or with the assistance of experienced volunteers forwarding information by email.

The Society has an extensive photographic collection offering a visual record of Cairns and Far North Queensland, including Cape York Peninsula. Over 24,000 images are digitised to standard. A catalogue of photograph images will soon be available online making it possible to search for images by subject or name.

Catering to the schools and history curriculum, this Museum initiative was developed to enable student access to objects and education kits during the Museums redevelopment. The ‘History on the Move’ trailer visits the schools and volunteers allow students an interactive experience of technologies, games and activities that reveal the past in a hands-on and age appropriate way.

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