Bill Lavarack has written a book on the history of Mooloolaba. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Bill Lavarack has written a book on the history of Mooloolaba. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily Che Chapman

Historian explores Mooloolaba's yesterdays in new book

HISTORIAN Bill Lavarack has spent recent years chronicling the history of Buderim, so he thought it was only fair to give Mooloolaba some attention.

His latest project, Mooloolaba's Yesterdays, is in some ways a companion volume to last year's successful release of Stories of Old Buderim.

"I've always loved Mooloolaba and for about 60-70 years Buderim and Mooloolaba were virtually joined at the hip," Mr Lavarack said.

"For many years in the late 1800s and early 1900s, 'Mooloolah Heads', as it was known, was basically the private seaside suburb of Buderim's farmers.

"For a couple of decades about the turn of the century, there were probably no permanent residents.

"This was not to say it was deserted all year, as over Christmas and Easter it came alive with over 100 people camping under canvas, and Buderim was virtually deserted."

Mr Lavarack said a major turning point was in 1921 when building blocks were sold for the first time, and a small town then developed with guesthouses, stores and a surf club. 

"Three Buderim farmers, Bill Bell, Vince Crosby and Percy Jakeman, were largely responsible for the development of the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club, which grew from the Mooloolah River Sports Club, and has been a feature of the town ever since," he said.

"From this humble beginning, the book traces the development which lead to the modern resort town we see today."

The book is in A4 format with 124 pages and over 140 old photographs and will sell for $25.

It will be launched at Buderim's Pioneer Cottage, off Ballinger Rd, on Saturday, March 5.

Mr Lavarack will speak about the area's history at 2pm on the day before launching the book at 2.45pm.

It will be available for purchase from Books of Buderim, Burnett St, Buderim, Nextra newsagent, Venning St, Mooloolaba; Old Post Office, Burnett St, Buderim; Pioneer Cottage, Ballinger Crescent, Buderim; or from the author by phoning 5445 1355 or emailing lavarack@westnet.com.au.  


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