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Innisfail & District Historical Society Inc

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We acknowledge the First Peoples – the Traditional Owners of the lands where we live and work, and we recognize their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders continue to play within the Innisfail Museum community.

The Innisfail & District Historical Society was established to research, preserve and display the history of the Johnstone Shire, to ensure that the heritage of the area is not lost.

Innisfail Museum is housed in the old School of Arts building and occupies the ground floor and one room on the first floor. The collection relates to local history and contains items from all facets of life from the early settlement of Geraldton (name later changed to Innisfail after confusion with Geraldton in Western Australia). Items include personal possessions; rural, recreational, medical, biological, Aboriginal and Chinese artefacts; and a number of early photographs showing cyclone and flood damage, local industries and life in a tropical town. 

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