Historical justice for old Court House
A worthy addition to the history resources of Douglas Shire came this week with the launch of Noel Weare’s “Built to Survive: the Uncertain Journey of a Court House built for Port Douglas 1879”, published by Douglas Shire Historical Society.
The 100-page book details the struggle to save and then restore the Port Douglas Court House which was originally built in 1879.
Mayor Julie Leu launched the book at the Mossman Library yesterday.
“The Shire would be much poorer if it wasn’t for Noel Weare,” Mayor Leu said, “and I believe he has driven many bureaucrats mad in his search for information for this book.
“It is a valuable document for future generations and to support other historical aspects of the Shire,” she said.
The author thanked Douglas Shire Council which, through a $3000 Community Support grant, made the book possible.
“The Port Douglas Court House is the main character of this book,” Noel said, “and it is dedicated to Betty and Albert Whiting who certainly saved the building by buying it from the government in the late ’60s.”
The author, Noel Weare, was born in Atherton and through his frequent visits to Port Douglas as a small child on the 1940s his “romance with the place’ began and he has been an avid recorder of the Shire history since moving here in 1975.
Copies of the book are available ($17.90) from the newsagents in Port Douglas and Mossman, Whileaway Bookshop, Coral Sea Eye Care and appropriately, from the Court House Museum, all in Port Douglas. Purchases can also be made online via the Historical Society’s website www.douglashistory.org.au
Julia Leu and Noel Weare launch his new book on the Port Douglas court house