Book proves pop­u­lar with Air­lie’s pi­o­neers

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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 dale­hell@hot­

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.

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