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Obituary / Vale Noel Weare

The Douglas Shire Historical Society has lost a passionate advocate for local history with the passing on Thursday 11 May of its founder, Noel Weare.

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Letter to the Editor / On The Demise of the Bally Hooley

I personally find now that John’s present actions regarding the retirement of Bally Hooley to be very short-sighted and a quote from him to “be able to view this fascinating piece of history forever” is perhaps overstated since who will take over responsibility from here on?

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Visiting Conference Group Takes a Closer Look at the Famous Trial of Ellen Thomson

This week, a visiting conference group has been studying the trial of Ellen Thomson at the Port Douglas Museum. Ellen Thomson was hanged in Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, on 13 June 1887, aged 41. She had been tried in Townsville, on 17 May 1887, for the murder of her second husband, William Thomson, at Port Douglas, eight months earlier, on 13 September 1886, along with her accomplice, a British Marines deserter named John Harrison, who was hanged shortly after her.

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HISTORY / Boating on the Daintree River

Enjoy a journey back in time as Pam from Douglas Shire Historical Society takes us on a voyage down the Daintree River.

Learn about the historical use of the River tracing back to the Kuku Yalanji, and its use as a pioneering transport route for cedar, dairy, and mail.
Did you know there was an historical settlement called Whitby at the river mouth?
How did Humbug Reach gets its name?
If you’ve got more stories, memories or old photos to add to this trip down memory lane, please share!

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Letter to the Editor / A considered alternative for naming un-named road at Killaloe

A call from a concerned local resident to. adequately recognise the historical significance of the un-named road off Captain Cook Highway by naming it “Old Ferry Rd”

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