So­ci­ety hon­ours mem­bers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

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’.

In­for­ma­tion about the So­ci­ety can be found on their web­site, info@dou­glashis­

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John and Jo­ce­lyn White, Freda Wil­son and An­nette Anich

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