Archive for March, 2009
The first Community Forum for the development of the Stratford History and Heritage Trail was held at the Stratford Bowls Club on Saturday afternoon, 14 March 2009.
We had a good turn out with many people expressing an interest in the project and several people brought old photographs and newspaper articles along with them.
The meeting was opened by Steve Wettenhall, MP for Barron River, who wished us well with our endeavours to record the heritage of the area. Cairns Regional Council Deputy Mayor, Councillor Margaret Cochrane, also addressed the meeting and then spent the afternoon with us scanning photographs and recording local histories. We then heard from Angela Murphy who has designed the neighbouring Freshwater Heritage Trail. After eighteen months the Freshwater project is nearing completion and Angela had many ideas and suggestions to help us. Dave Phoenix, consulting historian spoke about the value of this project for the community and then displayed maps and photographs outlining some of the heritage sites in the area.
We were kept busy scaning photographs and s before meeting briefly at the end of the afternoon to compare notes and discuss ideas for the next forum.
Scanning photographs and recording local histories.
The next meeting will be on Saturday 4th April 2009 at 2.30pm at the Stratford Bowls Club. All are welcome to attend, and once again, bring your memories, stories, photographs and recollections along.
Many thanks to Dave Phoenix, consulting historian funded through Q150 for getting us started on recording on this site the history of our suburb of Stratford, a place where everyone can share recorded history and add today’s stories for tomorrow. Already with only 2 postings the stories bring the yesterday and today together. Add this site to your favorites and enjoy watching and contributing to our history unfold.
As part of our efforts to establish a Heritage Trail, the Stratford and Freshwater Community Association (SAFCA) is holding a Community Meeting on Saturday 14th March 2009.
We would like to invite everyone who has an interest in the history of the Stratford and Freshwater area to come to the Stratford Bowls Club and share your stories. Bring along your memories, photographs, scrapbooks and newspaper clippings and become involved in this exciting project to record our heritage.
Stratford History & Heritage Trail
COMMUNITY FORUM I
Saturday 14th March 2009
Stratford Bowls Club, Stratford.
2.00 pm – 5.00 pm.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there !!!
For more information, please email
heritage_trail @ stratfordhistory.org.au
The Stratford and Freshwater Community Association (SAFCA), with assistance from Q150 and the Cairns Regional Council, are establishing a Heritage Trail in the uk propecia historic Cairns suburb of Stratford – and you can be involved !
For thousands of generations the area along the banks of Bana Bidagarra was significant to the Djabugay. When gold and tin lured European and Chinese miners to the area, the rainforest was cleared as Kanakas worked on banana farms and sugar-cane plantations.
Chinese tended their market gardens and timber-cutters snigged enormous cedars. The Thornborough road and the Kuranda railway were built along the base of the Whitfield Range and lighters, cutters and junks plied their trade along the Barron River. Timber mills, rice-mills, wharves, wharehouses and shipyards sprang up, and a handful of families made Stratford their home.
Stratford retains much of the charm of tropical far north Queensland that is rapidly disappearing from other suburbs. We have Rankine’s mill, the Heritage Listed magazine , Tully’s Hotel, Draper’s Lilybank home, railway heritage, evidence of several Barron bridges dating back to the 1920s, Constable Dwyer’s grave, WWII military heritage and many traditional wooden Queenslanders in the Stratford character precinct.
During 2009 the Stratford and Freshwater
Community Association will be working towards establishing a Heritage Trail that documents this history and celebrates our heritage with signs, brochures and community meetings. If you would like more information or would like to become involved in this exciting project, please email us at;
heritage_trail @ stratfordhistory.org.au