His­tor­i­cal value of flagstaff es­tab­lished

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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