New Pioneers of Cairns: 1950 – 2000

Carol Libke


This paper will include the voices of some of the people that will be included in a book I am currently writing entitled New Pioneers of Cairns: 1950 – 2000. This 50-year period encompasses the rebuilding phase of Cairns following the Second World War. Today I will highlight the stories of the people I refer to as ‘New Pioneers’ and acknowledge their contribution to Cairns. The primary reason for writing the book is to recognise those who have contributed to the growth of the region, to say ‘thank you’ while these people are still alive and to leave a lasting historical record for the generations that follow.

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