Wartime in the Douglas district
Carmela Zullo, a child from Miallo, was the only citizen injured by enemy fire along eastern Australia, when a stray bomb hit a cane paddock in Miallo, 31 August 1942.
The 6th Division AIF practiced barge landings and engagement at Four Mile Beach and Dickson Inlet in 1944.
Air raid shelters, air raid wardens, Coastwatchers, Voluntary Defence Corps (VDC), Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD), Voluntary Air Observation Corps (plane spotters) were all part of life in Mossman and Port Douglas during the war.
The Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1943, prompted evacuation of many women and children, closure of schools and night time black-out. Aircraft regularly flew over the district. Alex Lyall, when a young lad, saw and painted planes flying over his father’s dairyfarm on the Daintree River.