11 November, 2022
Film captures 80 years of airport history
STORIES of the past 80 years of the Mareeba Airport have been told through a new short film which premiered recently.
Organised by FNQ Avia-tion Museum and filmed by Hudson Films, the video features locals John and Charlie Jennings, past Mareeba Shire Mayors Mick Borzi and Tom Gilmore, Brian Dunigan, Barry Dick, Wayne McGilvray, Yutaka Morohoshi and Karris Peebles. They were all interviewed about their memories of the airport spanning eight decades.
The group explored the history and significance of the landmark and it’s impacts throughout modern history.
During World War II, the airport was home to the Royal Australian Airforce and the United States Airforce as they fought for freedom and today, the airport is home to crop dusters, helicopters, historic warbirds and many memories.
The project was supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund.
To view the short film, visit www.youtube.com and search Mareeba Airport’s 80th Anniversary Short Film 1942-2022