Book of pi­o­neers to be launched

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rhi­anna Bull

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.

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