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Port Douglas - Mossman Tramway

Passenger Tickets

Dave Elsmore

 

 


 
 

By 1882 the port had been renamed "Port Douglas" and declared a Port of Entry for Dutiable Goods. A courthouse, police barracks [for 30 troopers], warehouses and hotels were built and the population rose to over 8000. However the decision to build a railway -providing all weather access- from the goldfields to Cairns saw the trade [and fortunes] go south.

The sugar industry had become firmly established by 1897 and the opening of the Mossman mill now saw the focus of any development move from Port Douglas to the town of Mossman.

The tramway opened on 1 August 1900 it ran from South Mossman to Port Douglas.

The 2ft, narrow gauge tramway was to transport passengers, freight & bagged sugar between Mossman and the wharf at Port Douglas. The original loco -"Faugh a Ballagh" meaning "Clear the Way" in Gaelic carried more than 23,000 passengers over 5,800 miles in it's first year.

The "Faugh a Ballagh" continued to serve the Port until April 1958

The Passenger Tickets

The following tickets are all i have recorded.

If you can add to the groups below please forward the information so it can then be added to this listing.

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1900

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1902

1st Class Return

 

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1902

2nd Class Return

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1908

Return. and Return Excursion at left

 

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1916

1st Class

 

Left ticket [A]

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1916

2nd Class

 

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1916

1st Class

 

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