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Cooktown History Centre

121 Charlotte St, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 6640
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A wonderful opportunity to discover both sides of history

This museum was once a school run by Irish nuns, given the sheer size of the place and the fact... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2017
Lisa L
,
Tully, Queensland, Australia
via mobile
History of Cooktown

On arrival was greeted by a very nice and knowledgable volunteer who explained a short version of... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2017
juliemE6249UR
,
Naracoorte, Australia
via mobile
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121 Charlotte St, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
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+61 7 4069 6640
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Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

This museum was once a school run by Irish nuns, given the sheer size of the place and the fact that it was built by hand at a time when there were no roads (Cooktown only just got sealed roads all the way from Cairns...More

1  Thank Lisa L
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Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

On arrival was greeted by a very nice and knowledgable volunteer who explained a short version of what the displays are about. It is very well set out with the changes to the town highlighted with dates that follow on around the display. $5 entry...More

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Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

You could spend hours here. Lots to read about Cooktown. It was a shame we couldn't visit the Museum . It's now closed Sunday and Monday. However the History centre was a great way to learn more about Cooktowns history.

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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

Run by volunteers, the Cooktown History Centre provides an insight into the fascinating history of Cooktown. It is definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed October 6, 2017

Having been taught in school in NZ in the 1960's about the amazing ventures of Captain Cook, and his misadventure with the Great Barrier reef and being forced to repair HMB Endeavour at Cooktown, I had to make it my goal to visit Cooktown. Thus...More

1  Thank Allan C
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

My wife's family dates back to 1854 in Cooktown and these guys no it all. Just amazing how they have amassed so much info about everything Cooktown and its surrounds from the very beginning. The best historical society we have visited.

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Reviewed July 15, 2017

This was a good visit for an hour to read about the people that have lived in Cooktown and the history of the town through cyclones and World War 2. I was amazed how the place was evacuated in the war as they thought the...More

2  Thank corrod1
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Reviewed July 5, 2017

An extremely well-presented, chronologically-ordered history of Cooktown. An abundance of written information and photos highlight Aboriginal reaction to white influence in the area, the early mining boom, the fishing industry and the initial land transport into, what was, an isolated community. Well worth the hour...More

2  Thank Phillip8789
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Reviewed June 27, 2017

I was looking for information about a lady who was born in the area in the late 19th century. Within minutes, the volunteer in the History Centre was able to answer my question and then my husband and I walked around looking at the different...More

2  Thank Audrey W
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Reviewed June 24, 2017

Very informative overview of Cooktown's history (mainly the European history) presented in chronological order and covers lots of angles: initial settlement, service in the world wars, cyclones, the development of the road from Cairns etc. Would recommend starting here when touring Cooktown's sights. Not open...More

1  Thank Jake D
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