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24 December, 2023

Mission Beach history on display at library

HISTORICAL photographs of Mission Beach will be showcased as part of a new exhibition that will grace the walls of the Atherton Library from early January.

Some of the photographs from the exhibition showing pioneers of Mission Beach.
Some of the photographs from the exhibition showing pioneers of Mission Beach.

The Mission Beach Historical Society’s inaugural exhibition, “Echo of the Past - Historical photographs from Mission Beach, 1890s-1950s” will be on show at the library from 3 January until 27 April.

The show, which has successfully toured the Cassowary Coast this year, offers a snapshot of the “intriguing, beautiful, dynamic frontier region and its people”, making the history of Far North Queensland accessible for current and future generations. 

Through the themes of community, sea and land, the photographs and Djiru cultural objects have been used as points of focus to examine all aspects of Mission Beach history.

Coinciding with the anniversary of the 1918 cyclone (10 March), a series of historic photographs (portraits, landscapes, social events and work life scenes), Djiru cultural objects, and memorabilia provide an insight in the diverse early history of Mission Beach.

Recollections from Djiru people, the first pioneers and later settlers, farmers, attendees at gatherings and war time events allow all visitors to reflect on the past, preserve and enhance important memories and events, and foster and celebrate a sense of identity, diversity and cultural connections between Djiru and the wider community.

This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance.


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