Sugar-related tourism in Australia: a historical perspective

Griggs, Peter D. (2013) Sugar-related tourism in Australia: a historical perspective. In: Jolliffe, Lee, (ed.) Sugar Heritage and Tourism in Transition. Tourism and Cultural Change . Channel View Publications, Bristol, UK, pp. 37-64.

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[Extract] "There's a soughing like the sea, though we're twenty miles inland, 'Tis the wind in the canefields! - Oh the scent! - the song! the chime! The laden trucks come lumbering in to the sugar mills at Ingham. All the air is sugar-sweet through the North at crushing time." Clement Christensen, 1937.

The above quote from Clement Christensen's 1937 book Queensland Journey was accompanied by a colour painting of what one assumes to be Victoria Sugar Mill, near Ingham, although there is no caption to indicate the name of the sugar mill. In front of the sugar mill was a locomotive pulling cane trucks loaded with harvested cane. The quote and painting occupy an entire page that starts the section in the book which deals with information for tourists travelling to North Queensland. This text is loaded with imagery associated with the production of sugar: 'the pennon of smoke' from the Victoria crushing mill at Ingham; 'a million acres of verdant plantations'; 'green fields of sugar cane spread over hills and dales like a shoreless sea'; and 'in the crushing season the mills pulsate with life, and by night the flares of burning trash illuminate a landscape which has all the appearances of a foreign country' (Christensen, 1937: 36, 83 and 105). Moreover, this book is just one of many pre-World War II publications that were produced for the tourists visiting tropical Queensland, especially during the winter months.

Item ID: 24812
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-84541-386-6
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2013 00:45
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