Vi­sions of a great fu­ture for Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HISTORY -

PORT Dou­glas busi­ness­men hosted a banquet for Macrossan in which he at­tended in the mid-1880s.

The fol­low­ing is an ex­tract of one of the at­ten­dees’ rec­ol­lec­tions of the evening, as pub­lished in a lo­cal news­pa­per at the time.

In re­ply to the toast of his health, Mr Macrossan made a long speech in the course of which he said: “That it was at all times grat­i­fy­ing to a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment to be com­pli­mented by his own con­stituency for his Par­lia­men­tary con­duct, but it was dou­bly so to be en­ter­tained in the man­ner he was that evening by a strange community, and he looked upon it as a recog­ni­tion of his en­deav­ours to get jus­tice for the north gen­er­ally, and he was glad of the op­por­tu­nity the banquet gave him to com­pli­ment the res­i­dents of Port Dou­glas on the in­domitable pluck and en­ergy they had dis­played in es­tab­lish­ing their town, and in open­ing up com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween it and the Hodgkin­son gold­field, which he had jjust vis­ited, and be­lieved that this was the nat­u­ral port for that field, but he wished it to be un­der­stood that he did not say so in any in­vid­i­ous way with re­gard to neigh­bour­ing ports.

“But judg­ing this town and the road from it to the in­te­rior on their own mer­its, he felt con­fi­dent that a great fu­ture was in store for the Is­land Point set­tle­ment, and he be­lieved that the re­cent visit of Min­is­ters would lead to sub­stan­tial ben­e­fit to the place, for no gov­ern­ment hav­ing made it­self ac­quainted with the re­quire­ments of such a place would fail to do it jjus­tice.”

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