Voices of Dou­glas tell story of how the com­mu­nity grew

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

TO cel­e­brate this year’s Aus­tralian Her­itage Fes­ti­val, the Dou­glas Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety has erected an in­sight­ful dis­play at the Coun­cil Cham­ber’s lobby, high­light­ing the in­flu­ence of the var­i­ous eth­nic groups mak­ing up this com­mu­nity.

Called Voices of Dou­glas, the dis­play fea­tures sev­eral sto­ries of im­mi­grants and how they have brought their own cul­tures to this area and blended this with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

De­tails of the first in­hab­i­tants of the area, the Kuku Yalanji and Djaba­gay peo­ple and the Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple are in­cluded.

There are also posters de­scrib­ing the very early set­tlers to the area.

Ac­cord­ing to one text, there were more Chi­nese in the area than Euro­peans, dur­ing the gold rush era of the mid and late 1800s.

Il­lus­tra­tions fea­ture the Ger­man mis­sion­ar­ies, Fin­nish road work­ers, the Ital­ians and Yu­goslavs who worked to pur­chase land, the South Sea Is­lan­ders, In­di­ans and Ja­panese cane cut­ters – all com­ing to the Shire, join­ing the English, Scots, Ir­ish and Welsh who had al­ready set up set­tle­ments along the coast and in­land.

The Voices of Dou­glas also fea­tures cur­rent res­i­dents from a di­verse coun­tries who have set­tled in Dou­glas.

An­other event or­gan­ised by the Dou­glas Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to mark the Aus­tralian Her­itage Fes­ti­val was a guided walk around the Moss­man town­ship, hosted by Ms Judy Coulthard.

Sev­eral lo­cal res­i­dents toured the town and learned much about the many points of in­ter­est in­clud­ing the Moss­man Tri­an­gle, the Ex­change Ho­tel, St David’s Church, and Fox­ton Bridge.

The Her­itage dis­play will re­main in the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil Cham­ber’s lobby un­til April 28.


His­to­rian Pam Wil­lis Bur­den with part of the dis­play. It’s open un­til April 28

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