About the Historical Society of Mareeba

The Society's Beginnings

The Society began on 28th July 1993, and we have Helen Kindt to thank for her vision and tenacity to persue its foundation.
She put that first advertisement inviting people to come together to discuss and set up this society. Incidentaly Helen and Ruth Kerr are the only founding members still involved today. Special note is that 2013 is our 20th birthday and ther might well be a little celebration so watch out for more information on that.
Our first meeting was attended by 13 people, with apologies from 4 others, and our aim established our role - to seek out, preserve and conserve the history of all areas encompassed by the original Mareeba Shire as well as neighbouring towns and shires.

For many years the group met at the same venue, the Mareeba Information and Support Centre at 199 Walsh Street, Mareeba. The Mareeba Shire Council then allowed the group the use of the old Country Women's Association Rooms in Byrnes Street.

We opened mainly at the weekends supplying not only historical data about the area but also tourist information as well. We did return to 199 Walsh Street for a few more months for meetings then back to Byrnes Street. From Byrnes Street we were given the use of a small pensioner cottage, only to be asked to move again to another cottage at 1 Lyons Street Mareeba.

Our Current Building

On September 4th 2004 we moved to our current site at Centenary Park on the main road, south from Mareeba.
The building we now call home took eleven years of hard fund raising to achieve and those efforts began back in 1993 and we now completely own it.

The building is now known as "The Helen Kindt Building" in honour of our secretary who has been a constant driving force behind the society from its very beginnings.

In 2010 we added a mezzanine floor as we were beginning to run out of space, and as before it was our hard-earned money that was used.

Activities and Events

We hold regular events and field-trips which are hosted by the society plus we also set up displays to provide information and allow members and non-members to experience what life in Mareeba Shire's past was like for its locals - check our 'Events' page to read about them.

We are a not-for-profit, self-funded autonomous organisation. and our members work hard to raise monies so we can continue to conserve and preserve the paper history of this area.
We sell new books - see our Catalogue and we sell second-hand books, mainly on Mareeba Market Days.
We also run raffles and charge a small fee for research.
We have also just started selling "Collectables" - if you're interested please have a look at what's currently on offer.

We may be a small in numbers society but we more than make up for that in our enthusiasm and expertise. All our members are willing to "have a go!"

Our 2012-13 Committee

President: Ann Hyde
Vice President: Joan Collins
Sec. / Treasurer: Helen Kindt
Librarian: David Foster
Committee: Dot Peters & John Hammond

Our Collection

We are an excellent resource for researchers and family historians as our Research Centre holdings include images, objects and archives which describe the social, economic, industrial and agricultural history of the area.
See our 'Resource' page for more information on our holdings

Our holdings also include lists of burials , monument inscriptions and cemetery lists for most of the 38 cemeteries; a large image collection; a map and plans collection; plus an extensive library and archive which includes published works on Mareeba's history.

We are alway on the lookout for new editions to add to our collection.
So if you have any:
   ~ old photos, maps, calendars, receipts, newspapers, magazines, brochures, directories, catalogues and phone books ~
   ~ any photographs, negatives and glass slides ~
   ~ family histories and trees, the history of your house, old deeds
                    or any other items PLEASE don't throw them away till you've talked to us. Once the history of a place is gone, destroyed or neglected it is lost forever - Use our Donations Form to let us know what you want to offer.

Our Jack & Newell website, concerning local store owners and their business premisies and employees from 1893 to the mid 1970's, is well worth a visit


Membership of our society is spread far across the globe.
We not only have members from the Mareeba Shire but also from:
Cairns, Canberra, New South Wales, South Australia, England, Austria, and Canada.

Annual Fees are:
$22.50 for a Single membership, or
$27.50 for a Family membership where all members live at the same address
If you would like to join the society please complete the Membership Form, arrange method of payment and return to the society.

Meeting Times and Location.

Each Fourth Wednesday of the Month at 2.30pm at our Centenary Park building

*  January 23rd 2013 Location
*  February 27th 2013
*  March 27th 2013
*  April 24th 2013
*  May 22nd 2013
*  June 26th 2013
*  July 24th 2013
*  August 28th AGM 2013
*  September 25th 2013 .
*  October 23rd 2013
*  November 27th 2013

Contact Us.

to request a quote for our staff to RESEARCH a project for you
to purchase or request more information on any of our 'COLLECTIBLE' items
to make an offer to DONATE items of interest
to provide any information regarding the HISTORY OF THE MAREEBA SHIRE
  or for ANY OTHER REASON you wish to make contact.