Visions of a great future for Douglas
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.”