February 3, 2023


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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.

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!