THE AUSTRALIAN: Cairns history: a northern star is born


In mid-July 1876, sub-collector of Customs Brinsley Guise Sheridan set out from Cardwell, sailed his sleek pilot cutter up the Queensland coast, rounded Cape Grafton and put in at a muddy, unprepossessing river-mouth. Mangrove creeks, an open stretch of forest country: was this really the ideal port site for the new goldfields of the [...]