His­tor­i­cal Whit­sun­days cal­en­dar to be launched

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A PHO­TO­GRAPHIC cal­en­dar that traces the his­tory of Air­lie Beach will be launched at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club to­mor­row.

Pro­ducer/pub­lisher Dale Hell will launch the Air­lie Beach: As it was 2015 Cal­en­dar along­side Coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford at 7.30pm and said ev­ery­one was wel­come to come along.

Ms Hell last year pub­lished a book ti­tled ‘Pi­o­neers of Air­lie Beach Vol­ume I’, and said her cal­en­dar fol­lowed on from the book.

Strangely, it was the Yep­poon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety who asked Ms Hell to put to­gether the cal­en­dar.

“One of the peo­ple who was in­olved in [the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety] has units in Air­lie Beach and he sug­gested I publish a cal­en­dar be­cause the book was so suc­cess­ful,” she said.

The Cal­en­dar takes in a grand sweep of his­tor­i­cal lo­cal scenes, span­ning from the 1930’s through to the 1980’s and will be avail­able for pur­chase on the night.

“Some busi­nesses that are still op­er­at­ing or were op­er­at­ing or started in those years are rep­re­sented in the pho­tos,” Ms Hell said.

Ms Hell, who has lived in Air­lie Beach for 36 years, said the cal­en­dar was very nos­tal­gic.

“I just think that Air­lie’s de­vel­oped so rapidly and so won­der­fully and it’s nice to have the pho­tos,” Ms Hell said.

Work on the cal­en­dar be­gan in early Oc­to­ber and Ms Hell wished to thank all 12 spon­sors for their sup- port. Ms Hell said the cal­en­dars will be sell­ing for $10 each from re­tail out­lets through­out Air­lie Beach and Can­non­vale and would make ex­cel­lent Christ­mas presents.

With the cal­en­dar out of the way, Ms Hell has her sights set on pub­lish­ing a sec­ond vol­ume of the Pi­o­neers of Air­lie Beach early in the new year.

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