Voices of Douglas tell story of how the community grew
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