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Out and about in the community

Outside of the Mackay Museum we are active in the community. We conduct, on request, local history walking tours of the Mackay central business district.

These tours include well-known buildings and areas including the Captain John Mackay Memorial Clock (Dean Williamson Dental), old Mackay Court House (corner of Brisbane and Victoria streets), old Mackay Police Station (Brisbane St) and the old Mackay Town Hall (Sydney St).

Our members also contribute regular columns of historical interest to local news publications., including Mackay’s longest established newspaper The Daily Mercury. We also participated in radio interviews for ABC Tropical North’s popular museum items talks series.

During the past five decades we have participated in local events by holding displays at the Forgan Bridge official opening, Greenmount Heritage Fair, Mackay Tourist Festival, Mackay Volunteers Expo and Queensland Rail, 150 Years Celebrations at the Mackay Railway Station.


We have also assisted with various local projects and events during the past five decades. Events in recent times have included the: 1918 Cyclone Exhibition at the Jubilee Community Centre (2018) and the Caneland Central, 40th Birthday Celebrations Display.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit on joining the society or volunteering at the museum?

Anyone aged 18 and above is welcome to join the society and to contact Mackay Regional Council about becoming a museum volunteer..

How do I get involved?

If you'd like to join the Mackay Historical Society you can email us at or drop into Mackay Museum to pick up a form. Membership is $10 a year for a single or $15 for a couple/family.

When does the Mackay Historical Society meet?

Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month from March to November at 2pm at the Mackay Museum, 4 Casey Ave, South Mackay. Newcomers are welcome!

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