Personal stories of Sunshine Coast's pioneering days

YOU MAY have driven along the David Low Way dozens of times, enjoyed the scenic drive, but never wondered why it was named so.

The same goes for hundreds of streets, parks and landmarks on the Sunshine Coast.

So many of the street names we see daily are named after the hard-working and often brave pioneers who shaped the Sunshine Coast. In the mid to late 1800s and early 1900s, thousands of settlers came to the Coast, most from England, to take up selections, build a life for their families and forge a future in an untamed bushland.

From pineapple and banana growers to timber getters and sawmill workers, to store owners and midwives, these people worked under extreme and difficult conditions, braving floods, cyclones, droughts, accidents and sometimes death in dangerous industries such as sawmilling and tree felling.

Many of the pioneering families became involved in their communities, devoting themselves to public service, founding councils, clubs and organisations that exist today.

From Yandina to Tewantin, from Caloundra to Eumundi, from Maroochydore to Peregian, men and women of yesteryear established the very beginnings of the Sunshine Coast and prepared it to become a region today that is envied all over the country.

Their personal stories and family photos have been recorded in a book entitled Dirt Tracks, on sale in newsagents now.

Dirt Tracks is an 80 page engaging book that tells the fascinating tales of just some of the courageous Sunshine Coast pioneering men and women and why they had streets, parks and landmarks named after them.


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