Museum Books

  • The Bowly Papers

    Letters 1873-78, Reminiscences, & Photographs 1873-91, of C.W. Bowly in North Queensland.
  • News from Nulla

    Correspondence of Rebecca and George Cain, 1886 to 1877.
  • Townsville 1888.

    A collection of annotated photographs.
  • A Cup of Tea a Bex and a Good Lie Down

    Medication abuse in Australia.
  • Health and Healing

    Health issues in tropical Australia and Papua New Guinea.
  • Sotto La Croce del Sud (Under the Southern Cross)

    The Jumna immigrants of 1891.
  • Frontier Town : A History of Early Townsville and Hinterland 1864-1884

    Helga Griffin’s book gives insight into issues that affected Townsvilleans in the first two decades of Townsville’s life. It is an informative study of the history of the town and its economy which was so dependent on the resource rich hinterland.

Experience the History of Townsville!

Townsville Museum

Welcome to the Townsville Museum dedicated solely to preserving and displaying Townsville’s history from the early 1860s. The Museum is managed by members and volunteers of the Townsville Museum and Historical Society Inc.
Come and experience what Townsville Museum has to offer from an extensive collection of artifacts, photographs and building plans of early Townsville buildings, some of which no longer form part of our landscape. The Museum is the memory bank of our past whilst preserving it for future generations to experience and enjoy.

Opening hours –

  • Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 2:30pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • First & Third Sunday of the Month: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Public Holidays: Closed

Group Bookings and School visits are most welcome.  After hours bookings for Social Groups, Corporate and Clubs can also be arranged – just telephone the Museum on 4775 7838 or email us at

Entry to the Museum is BY GOLD COIN.

Read our Newsletter - June 2017

Sponsored By

tsv city council