Mossman library hosted the launch of Ken Keith’s book “Cattle, Cane and Cedar … Early farming in the Douglas Shire”.
See below for details.
“Follow the journey from traditional living off the land in pre-agricultural time, through the efforts of settlers who arrived in Douglas Shire in the 1870s to 90s to gain a living from newly cleared land, then to the people and their farming practices and equipment used in the first decades of the 20th century.
As well as cattle, cane and timber, the book covers attempts to produce cereals, fruits, coffee, coconuts and even rubber. It follows the progression from horses and horse-drawn implements to increasingly powerful tractors. It also provide glimpses of the people who struggled or thrived in the formative years, highlighting the families that were farming in early days and are still on the land in Douglas Shire today.”
The book is now available at Mossman library.