Book of pioneers to be launched
A BOOK of the stories about the early pioneers of Airlie Beach will be launched at the Beach Library tomorrow (Friday, February 21) from 2pm.
The book was compiled by long-term local resident Dale Hell and is a collection of stories, photographs, memoirs and memorabilia of many of Airlie’s early tourism pioneers who attended a reunion last year at the Airlie Beach Bowls Club.
All community members who have pre-ordered a copy of the Pioneers of Airlie Beach are encouraged to collect their book from the launch.
There is a very limited supply of books but forms will be available at the library for additional orders.
Ms Hell said she was overwhelmed by the amount of memorabilia submitted and was pleased to now be able to share it with the Whitsunday community.
“All of the stories from the reunion are in this book, untouched and exactly as they told it,” she said.
In its 132 pages are photographs telling the stories of influential residents including the legacy of Bob Porter who started the Great Whitsunday Fun Race and built the Whitsunday Village (now Magnums), and Bob Jenkins who developed the Whitsunday Wanderers Caravan Park (now X-Base).
Ms Hell said she was planning to hold another tourism pioneers reunion this year on the weekend of June 20 with all the original memorabilia for those who missed the inaugural display.
There will also be two copies of the book available at the Beach Library in Cannonvale.
BOOK FINISHED: Whitsunday residents Dale Hell and Eric Bottle will be holding a book launch for Dale's book Pioneers of Airlie Beach at the Beach Library tomorrow (Friday, February 21) from 2pm.