Spring is finally here! And with it comes a whole new month of great new release movies. Let’s take a look at some of the blockbusters and highly anticipated titles that you could find in your local library this September…
Until recently I had no idea that the Chinese used to grow bananas along the Tully River in far north Queensland prior to the First World War. This was before the small town of Tully was settled in 1924 and before the shipping route down the east coast was disrupted due to the war. Once there was no longer a way for the bananas to get to southern markets before they ripened, the Chinese left.
This interesting fact was shared with me by Heritage librarian, Helen Pedley, from the Tully branch of Cassowary Coast Libraries. Situated in the town with the distinctive sugar mill and highest amount of rainfall in Australia annually, Tully homes part of Cassowary Coast Libraries historic photographic collection, which dates back as far as 1870.
In a bid to attract tourists to the wet, tropical town, Cassowary Coast Regional Council obtained funding for local signage for a heritage walking trail. Helen Pedley was fortunate enough to be able to work with the project team and select and supply the photographs to be used on the signage.
The signage features topics of interest around the town, such as Tully Hospital and Tully Railway Station, and attracts a range of people to the area. The trail is popular with teachers and their students, backpackers who are in the area to pick bananas, tourists and locals alike, with approximately 20 signs across both the Tully and neighbouring areas. The team also worked closely with the local indigenous people to develop ‘Welcome to Country’ signage and to gather local cultural information about the area. Works by local artists, both aboriginal and non-indigenous, are included on some of the signs.
Helen is currently involved in a project for Cardwell, which aims to reconstruct the foreshore after the damage caused by Yasi. Helen is part of an active committee for signage and artwork along the foreshore as well as a separate project by Great Green Way Tourism to provide signage for the broader Cardwell region. We look forward to seeing pictures when the project is complete!