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Cooktown History Centre

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Address: 121 Charlotte St, Cooktown, Queensland 4895, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 7 4069 6640
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09:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 15:00

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Terrific help in tracking family history

A few generations ago my falily were prominent here and there was an exhibition including them in this museum. But the assistance of the volunteer archivist was wonderful, and I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 November 2016
1950Patrick
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

A few generations ago my falily were prominent here and there was an exhibition including them in this museum. But the assistance of the volunteer archivist was wonderful, and I left with some 18 pages of family documents and suggestions for further research.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

A visit to the Cooktown History Centre is highly recommended and the entry fee is a bargain at only $5.00. Housed in the oldest building in Cooktown, the museum displays historical information about the area including early mining, the railway, highway and the growth of tourism. The WW1 exhibition with its letters, photos, cards and stories is very moving and... More 

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Thank Chopsui
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Nice way to review the history of Cooktown and Captain Cooks visit to the area back in the day, well worth the entrance fee.

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Thank 0Steveo0
Sans Souci, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I am not a big fan of these types of tourist points but seeing that I am "dinky di" I decidef to go look see. The $5 entry fee helps keep the place up and running. It was interesting to read some of our history so go see for yourself. Cheers and dafe travel to all

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Albury, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

A great place to learn more about Cook and Cooktown. Excerpts of Cook's diaries are on the wall and make for a great read. A lovely building with great views over the town from the top balcony - worth sitting for a while there and relaxing.

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Thank Shirley D
Cooktown, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

The Cooktown History Centre is run by volunteers who are friendly, helpful and able to provide valuable information about Cooktown and surrounding areas. The display with information provided is well worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

If you want to know what Cooktown is all about this is a place you must visit. Run by volunteers it has a great selection of memorabilia, photos etc and the people are very helpful. Just remember it closes at 4pm.

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Thank Ray d
Burradoo, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Good place to do family research as they seem to have access to most records since the very beginning of Cooktown. If the friendly folks there can't find what you want they will happy to look into it for you.

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Thank Keith J
Currumbin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

This museum is in Cooktown and tells stories of the Aboriginal people in the area, Captain Cook's visit to mend his ship, the Endeavor, the mining boom and port development, the war history and the history of the Sisters of Mercy, who first lived in the convent, that is now the museum. It was enlightening to develop some understanding of... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

The History Centre tells the story of Cooktown - the ebbs and flow from Gold Mining where the town hosted many a hotel and brothel through the wars/depression/cyclones and fires to its now status as a connected town to Cairns by bitumen. There's heaps of photographs informative displays and volunteers on hand to tell you more. For the suggested donation... More 

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