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2 September, 2021

Through Adversity to the Stars – new book to be released

PAMELA Dickenson’s parents George and Doreen told her their experiences in World War II which has now inspired her to publish her first book ‘Through Adversity to the Stars’.


Pamela Dickenson will launch her new book at the Mareeba Markets next weekend, telling the tale of her parents.

PAMELA Dickenson’s parents George and Doreen told her their experiences in World War II which has now inspired her to publish her first book ‘Through Adversity to the Stars’.

Ms Dickenson had her first release in her hometown Georgetown at their 150+1 Anniversary celebrations, with the local pool also being renamed after George and Doreen. 

She said that the book is dedicated to her brave parents and the challenges they faced when joining the Airforce. 

“The book is called Through Adversity to the Stars, which is the Australian and Canadian Airforce’s motto,” she said.

“In World War II, my mum was a nurse and my father enlisted as a fighter pilot, but he embarked on a different journey as a navigator.

“This book tells the stories of them in War as well as after the war.” 

Ms Dickenson said that her parents had many adventures after the war as well, that they used to listen to with her siblings when they were young.

“I believe my father was the driving force of the town of Georgetown and one story that is featured is the day they renamed the boring old Australian Hotel to Wenaru,” she said. 

“Everyone would ask, “when are you going to finish the bar”, “when are you going to finish building a pub?”, and it soon became a joke amongst the town people. 

“When my father had a wonderful sense of humour and found out Wenaru was the Aboriginal word for watering hole, he got so excited and named the pub the Wenaru.” 

Ms Dickenson will be hosting her Mareeba book launch at the Mareeba Markets on Saturday, September 11 from 8am until 12pm.

To purchase her book “Through Adversity to the Stars” go to her website www. pameladickenson.com

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