Donated by the Cairns firm MacDonnells Law, the 19 items in this collection include letters, booklets, deeds, policies, and memoranda. As the documents range in date from 1859 to 1984, the collection reflects the evolution in the type of business transacted by a Queensland firm and the changing nature of case management over a period of more than one hundred years.
MacDonnells Law Firm
Established in 1884 when Cairns was little more than a frontier town, MacDonnells has served the people of Cairns for almost 130 years. The firm has since expanded to Townsville and Brisbane. MacDonnells celebrated their centenary year in 1984 and marked the occasion by producing a publication detailing the firms' early history, called MacDonnells of Cairns, by Allan McInnes.
"The history of the firm reflects the history of Cairns." - Sir Harry Gibbs