Johnstone Shire

Johnstone Shire, an area of 1639 sq km, generally 90 km south of Cairns, was amalgamated with Cardwell Shire in 2008 to form Cassowary Coast Regional Council. It was named after the Johnstone River, named by George Dalrymple in 1873 after his colleague, Robert Johnstone, a sub-inspector of native police. Dalrymple had been commissioned by the Queensland Government to explore the far north coast.

Further Reading: 

Delia Birchley, God's own country: the Johnstone Shire story, Brisbane, Boolarong for Johnstone Shire, 1986

Dorothy Jones, Hurricane lamps and blue umbrellas: a history of the shire of Johnstone to 1973, Brisbane, G.K. Bolton Printers, 1973

The landholder's handbook, Johnstone Shire Council, 2004

P. Crawford and L.S. Barnes, Johnstone Shire handbook, Brisbane, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, 1979

Japoonvale and Wet Tropics entries


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