- ‘The Bunker’ (behind Town Hall), Normanby St, Yeppoon, QLD 4703
- Postal address
- PO Box 1900, Yeppoon, QLD 4703
- Opening hours
- Tue & Sat 9.30am-12.30pm or By appointment
The Capricorn Coast Historical Society (CCHS) possesses a mainly print collection of material relating to all aspects of the Capricorn Coast region: photographs, publications, documents & records. The Society holds only a small number of objects. Increasingly, new material is being digitised to facilitate storage.
Items of significance include photographs taken by Rutherford Armstrong, last Manager of the Yeppoon Sugar Company; manuscripts, photos and correspondence of prolific Central Queensland poet and writer Mary Rattenbury; the Walls Family collection recording their 60 years as prominent leaseholders on North Keppel Island; archives of settler James Atherton; and papers of local firms and organisations such as the Coastguard. Over recent years, the CCHS has concentrated on building the photograph collection and, thanks to donations by local people, this is now a very significant record of the Coast’s history.
In addition to building the collection and making it available to users, our activities include coach and boat tours to historic sites; workshops on preservation of collection items and recently on oral history interview techniques; a very successful publishing program of local history books and an annual calendar; and regular displays and community involvement. CCHS is part of the Central Queensland Museums Network.
We have now returned to our home at the Bunker following refurbishment of the building by Council. The Society also has undertaken considerable upgrading of storage and equipment facilities to ensure quality preservation of the collection and improving working conditions for our volunteers.