Thus the museum and a bit of Cairns history. Website of the museum is here. As far as I got - this is to to the larger extent the effort of local enthusiasts who made a charity Cairns Historical Society, and finally developed it into the museum stage.
It was initially a place inhabited by Aboriginal Australians, – and then named The Trinity Bay by Mr. Cook.
The name Cairns came later from the last name of the first Governor. The settlement was made to support – as a seaport – the logistics for mining (gold, but also iron ores, tin) an timber industry (tropical hardwood). For the same purpose the railroad (to Kuranda, and later to other places) was constructed, the port dredged etc.
Gold-mining & exploration (assaying) expo.
Little replica of Mr.Cook "Endeavor".
Great stories in the museum on ancient railroad construction, on the system of flying medicine, on the bush pilots and aerial transport.
Super story of telecom development!
Cairns aero-service in WWII
This Lady deserves special tribute!
Comparatively small but still very interesting stories on Aboriginal Australians. Regretfully a lot of TKN has already vanished, and people live also totally different life... Though the heritage now is very much respected and protected – but so much already disappeared in earlier years when it was not yet thought important. Aboriginal people we see in the streets look to me very much isolated and strolling and grouping in the sad moods. Would love to be mistaken. Anyway – did not visit any aboriginal community so far, and neither spoke to any urban aboriginal. Will do one or more separate stories on Aboriginal Australians in Cairns and around later.
What they made to catch fish - looks to us very similar to what north-Europeans had!
See also the top photo.
And only recently forest cutting was replaced, after extensive effort, with forest conservation.
Also a lot of interesting stories from the museum, – but now share on that probably surprised me most, I did not know that at all. There was a Chinese temple in Cairns (Lit Sung Goong Temple) – actually Chinese people were developing agriculture here, and many of them were quite wealthy, and gave money to have the Temple built. But regretfully temple was destroyed (for the reason I cannot now remember), and only the Altar and few ritual pieces are in the Museum. Among them – the Chinese pot to bury the bones. Read what the memo says: Chinese who passes away abroad is burried first in a usual wooden coffin, and in a number of years (here they say 5 to 6, but here all is warmer = faster) the bones are dug out and in this very pot brought back to China to be buried at the place where the person was born. Never heard of this tradition before.
That was it in the museum. Got underwater foto's on CD (well below the standard but good for own memories), did some shopping and sent few postcards overseas, planned another accomodation (trip plus) for the end of this week, and LB+FB+JJH are all in reading – while I do the chronicles and other trip notes-drawings-clipart. Among other things eat kangaroo burgers today ;-)