Book proves popular with Airlie’s pioneers
COPIES of a new book about the pioneers of Airlie Beach are selling fast with the last orders to be placed at the end of March.
The book, compiled by longstanding Whitsunday resident Dale Hell, is a collection of photographs and stories contributed by the very people “who made it all happen” from the 1950’s onwards.
Well-known names such as the Porter family, Southwood’s, Vanderlugt’s, Chengody’s and more, are all represented in the hardback book, which tells the story of the growth of a unique town.
Titled Pioneers of Airlie Beach – The Wonderful Whitsundays, the book was officially launched at Cannonvale’s Beach Library on Friday, February 21.
Ms Hell said the icing on the cake was having Bob Porter's son Chris and his family arriving “out of the blue”, from Brisbane, in time for the launch.
Among Bob’s many achievements was the building of the Whitsunday Village (now Magnums) and establishment of the Great Whitsunday Fun Race, along with the Southwood’s.
Chris Porter said he was ve- ry honoured to see his family recognised by the community and he described the book as “a very nice keepsake and a family heirloom too”.
Ms Hell will be placing final orders for copies of the book at the end of the month, at a cost of $60 each, which must be prepaid.
“All those who gave me stories are in the book and I am sure you will be thrilled to see them in print, with relevant photos,” she said. “Everyone is impressed with the clarity of the photos and the quality of the paper in the book so please don't regret not getting a copy for yourself and family and order now.”
For more information or to order a copy of the book, contact Dale Hell on 0416 273 598 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROUD LEGACY: Bob Porter's family Kylie and Matthew Telford, Lilly Porter, Helene Telford and Thelma, Chris, Tiffany and Ethan Porter, attended the book launch of Pioneers of Airlie Beach, at Cannonvale's Beach Library on February 21.