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Mareeba Heritage Centre


The Mareeba Heritage Museum and Tourist Information Centre opened its doors in October 1995. Five local business men set upon raising funds for a much needed facility. They succeeded in raising a large amount with contribution from State Government, local Council and donations from the local town’s people. The Mareeba Heritage Museum and Tourist Information Centre was established in order to provide a facility dedicated to promoting the Mareeba District’s history and its vast array of attractions.

The displays are showcased with backdrops complementing the topic on display and some of these displays are interactive. Mareeba has its pioneer history set firmly in the development of the northern areas of Queensland. It once served as a hub for supplying the ever increasing demands of the Palmer River Goldfields. Mareeba’s past history included an American airfield during World War 2 as well as many Australian troops who camped here. Strong cultural ties, through the development of the regions agriculture and local industries with migrants, established the backbone of industries such as tobacco.

The Centre has 23 displays including an extensive Aboriginal cultural display, a settler's hut showcasing historical memorabilia, turn-of-the-century telephone exchange, a printing press and a motor rail ambulance. There are also displays on industries such as Timber, Tobacco, dairy, mining and communication. The latest and largest display created and completed in 2012 is on the tobacco industry from 1930 to 2004.