Historical value of flagstaff established
THE Douglas Shire Historical Society has received $2500 to establish the cultural heritage significance for the flagstaff that once stood proudly on Flagstaff Hill in Port Douglas.
It was recorded in The Queenslander on June 19, 1880, that the flagstaff had been erected.
The flagstaff sat on the hill from 1880 and was used to signal a ship coming in and identify the type of ship as well as warn residents of a cyclone.
It was visible from the town back then because the whole hill had no vegetation on it due to roaming goats.
Archivist Noel Weare said Cairns Regional Council removed the flagstaff because it was not in a good condition and the RDAF grant money will go towards determining the historical and heritage significance to the town.
‘‘The funding is to get a heritage consultancy in Cairns, I have talked with the archaeologist Karen Townrow and she will produce the management report of its heritage significance and how to go about repairing it,’’ Mr Weare said.
‘‘We already know it’s probably not the original 1880 flagstaff, because it would have been damaged in the 1911 cyclone, it appears to be a 1911 replacement flagstaff which still has heritage value.
‘‘I would like to see it put back on the hill and not scrapped.’’
Work on the report will begin in June after the RDAF money is presented to the Douglas Shire Historical Society by council.