Society honours members
THREE members of the Douglas Shire Historical Society were given Life Memberships last week in recognition of outstanding service to the Society and to the recorded history of the Shire.
Jocelyn and John White have been members of the Society for 10 years and during that time have contributed in many ways to the organisation and to the depth of the recorded history of the area.
John has a keen interest in wartime aviation and has been involved with restoring an American fighter plan, an Airacobra, located just north of the Jardine River. He also was involved with a DC3 plane wreck found behind Mossman.
“John was also one of the first cane truck drivers in the area when they changed from transporting cane by sea to Port Douglas to trucking it by road to Cairns in the late ’50s,” said Freda Wilson, society president.
“Jocelyn and John have been generous supporters of the Society for many years.”
Annette Anich was also presented with a Life Membership of the Society, having been a member for 15 years and is the current secretary.
“Without the involvement of people such as the Whites and Annette Anich, we would not have preserved the Shire’s history and it is important to keep history alive,” Freda said.
The Society’s base is the Court House Museum in Wharf Street, Port Douglas and has been running a series of school visits and hosted the Daintree Primary School last week.
“We have a membership of 46,” Freda said, “and we take seriously our motto, ‘Our History, Your Heritage’.
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John and Jocelyn White, Freda Wilson and Annette Anich