His­tor­i­cal jus­tice for old Court House

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

Ju­lia Leu and Noel Weare launch his new book on the Port Dou­glas court house

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