Mulgrave Settlers Museum
An award winning museum displaying fascinating artefacts and stories about the original Mulgrave Shire!

Mulgrave Settlers’ Museum is a wheelchair friendly, air conditioned, purpose-built museum at 60 Gordon Street, Gordonvale. 

This award winning museum brings to life the history of miners, timber cutters and rainforest aborigines in displays of authentic artefacts dating from the late 1800s.  Before tracks were established south of Cairns, supplies to the town of Nelson (renamed Gordonvale in 1914) came by boat, through Packers' Camp and were carried by pack-horse and mules to the hinterland; tin and gold made up the backloading. The complete blacksmith's workshop inspires admiration of the craftsmanship employed to make and repair equipment essential to these pioneers and the increasing numbers of families of many nationalities taking up land to grow sugar cane.

Household furniture and fittings show the ingenuity of these early settlers who made use of anything to hand. A hand-crafted Joss is in safe keeping in this compact museum, together with other items commemorating the Chinese community.  Of special interest to Gordonvale are objects recalling over 3,000 members of the American 503rd Parachute Regiment who trained here during World War II.  We can tell you how sugar is made in the sugar mill across the road, and the reasons for releasing the much maligned cane toad in this mill area.

Many books covering the history of the area are available.

Our volunteers are on hand between the opening hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday.  Groups can make other arrangements by ringing 07 4056 1810 during these times. Entry Adults $4, Seniors and Students $3.

Our address is PO Box 566, Gordonvale, 4865, email settlersmuseum@bigpond.com and you can get a taster from our Facebook Page.

Also note that the Mulgrave Settlers' Museum also forms part of the Cairns Region ANZAC Trail. To see more information about this trail, see the below links:

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