Historical overview of Innisfail

Historical overview of Innisfail

History and Facts of Innisfail Australia

History of Innisfail Australia 

The primary inhabitants of the Town of Innisfail region were constituted by five societies mainly from the Mamu people. They followed migratory lifestyles and lived in the rainforest, while moving from one river to another in string-bank canoes. Among these five societies were the Cassowary Tribe, whose trademark dresses of scarlet and yellow feathers distinguished them from others. They lived on the Tchuken Bora Ground off of the Johnstone River.

The people of Djirrribal or Jirribal can still be found today, living in their original territory of Murray Upper in the south of Tully. These people still follow their 40,000 years old lifestyle of hunting and gathering, and have also maintained their original language. All these Aboriginal people have protected their lands bravely and resisted against any foreign occupation.

It was in 1872 when the first incursion happened in the form of survivors of the shipwreck called Maria that reached the coast close to the Johnstone River. At that time few of the locals helped them, while there were few others who opposed. Robert Johnstone, who was a sub-inspector, arrived looking to rescue the survivors. He later punished the locals who were accused of abusing the survivors. He also wrote some rave reviews about the area. Later on, with the help of some vigilante Native Troopers, Johnstone attacked the Mamu people using rifle fire, and accompanied the explorer Dalrymple plotting the watercourse.

During the 1870s and early 1880s, when the European cedar cutters and the Chinese gold chasers came to this place, they were inflicted heavy casualties by the Manu people. After the suffering defeat, the Europeans once again sent their Native Police, but this time with much superior firepower they were able to overcome the indigenous people and dispersed the remained Mamu landowners.

Location and Approach

The Innisfail town has a total population of about 9000, and is considered the center of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, that contains about 19000 people. It can be found on the Cassowary Coast between Barrier Reed areas and the World Heritage Rainforest, which was named after a popular native bird.

Some Facts about Innisfail

Cairns airport is quickly developing into the fastest growing airport destination among local and international travelers. It sustains an all-weather airport as almost every other airline is using their facility.

As the road service is well equipped, almost every coach company offers travelling routes from north and south.

Innisfail is located on the Bruce Highway. So if you are interested in moving to the west with Atherton Tablelands, you have to use the Palmerston Highway. It covers huge productive land of 101,000 square kilometers that produces grains, mangoes, avocado, potatoes, and tobacco, along with several dairy products. You will also find a small production of coffee, and melons, which shows there is diversity of pocess,

The town is quickly transforming into the service center for major chain stores such as Super Cheap Auto, Betta Electrical, Harvey Norman, Retravision, Home Hardware, Warehouse, Country Target, Kmart, IGA, Woolworths, and Coles. There are also many national and international food chains operating in the region like KFC, McDonalds, and Subway etc. All these chains of stores and eateries have scattered across Cairns and Townsville, and are providing excellent service for the locals and visitors.

There is a deep water port located near Mourilyan Harbour that serves cargo and freight ships within the region.

The place became famous for growing sugar and producing timber, after it was first settled around 110 years ago. The economy is still based around these two businesses, as total revenues sore in the excess of $87 million for sugar, and $55 million for cane.

At the moment there are around 180 growers of papaya covering the area of 500 hectares. They have worked hard to ensure they maintain the quality standards that they are famous for. All papaya growers follow a chart that sets very high standard for the production of fruit. This fruit is labeled and sold under the ‘Innisfail Naturally Ripened’ red sticker, and has proved to be a highly successful.

The Ornamental horticulture is a developing industry, and lot of people are investing in the business, and are always exploring future export markets.

The aquaculture industry is also developing fast with the production of prawns and barramundi. There is a huge overseas market for its hatched prawns.

The banana farms in the region of Cassowary Coast are known for growing a wide range of horticultural yields. The warm weather and lot of water is the basic requirement for the production of fruits such as Lychee, Papaya, Rambutan, and Passionfruit. Farmers are growing high quality fruits on regular basis and sell them at above average market price.

In addition to the fruits, farmers are also planting a wide range of spices and vegetables like Turmeric, Lemon Grass, Pepper, Carambola, Black Persimmon, Longan, and Sapodilla etc.

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