HISTORIC STORIES: Bill Lavarack with his book, Mooloolaba's Yesterdays.
HISTORIC STORIES: Bill Lavarack with his book, Mooloolaba's Yesterdays.

Author tells tales of Buderim's rich past

BUDERIM'S Bill Lavarack is a prolific writer.

His new book about the life of Buderim pioneer daughter Sybil Vise is the fourth he has written about the historic town and its characters.

Eighteen months ago he produced Stories of Old Buderim, an edited version of 104 stories originally published in the Buderim Chronicle.

He has also written A history of sport on Buderim and edited The Wartime Diary of Dorothea Burnett.

A botanist who worked with the National Parks and Wildlife Service management team, the 74-year-old has also written books on orchids and is arranging a fourth print run of his Mooloolaba's Yesterdays, a history illustrated with 140 rare photographs of the seaside town which was published in March.

"The Buderim book went well so I thought I would have a go at one on Mooloolaba, which in the early 1900s was the holiday resort for the 200 or so people who lived in Buderim," Bill said.

"The story starts with the early indigenous people, but the influence of European settlement starts in the 1820s with three shipwrecked convicts who were the first white people.

"I then followed the story through to early explorers like Andrew Petrie and his son Thomas who in the 1830s did a lot of exploratory work through the Sunshine Coast, mainly looking for red cedar.

"Mooloolaba has a good little harbour and the timber industry was started in the early 1860s."

Bill said blocks of land in 1921 were sold for the first time and from then the town developed with guesthouses, a store and a surf club, leading to the town we see today. He will be at Pioneer Cottage next month when his new book on Sybil Vise is launched.

"I had a very special reason for writing this book. Sybil was one of my teachers at Nambour High," Bill said.


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