The Calophyllum Shore

About the Author

Sandy Hubinger was born and raised in Cardwelland went to the State High School in Cairns. He started working life as a teacher in Cairns before accepting a job in the Taxation Office in Brisbane and then becoming a private accountant.

Sandy lived and worked in Brisbane 30 years. In 1960 he discarded his city attire and returned to Cardwell, working part-time as an accountant and helping with the family butchering and ice works business after one of his brothers, Tom, died following a truck accident. Sandy was the second youngest of 12 siblings, four of whom were living and working together in Cardwell when he returned. A bachelor, Sandy was back where he loved to be, working with horses and cattle in the bush.

In 1970, he was asked by Cardwell State School Head Teacher, Roley Murray, to prepare a presentation for celebrations held the next year to mark 100 years of education in the district. From that point, Sandy's reputation as local historian was established and he became the point of reference for endless enquiries by residents and visitors seeking to know their families' past connections with Cardwell. It was the unintended start of 35 years of research and writing that have resulted in this publication. Sandy was adding to, and updating the manuscript to the time of his death in 2005.

Sandy was also instrumental in preserving historic buildings, in particular Cardwell's 1870 Post and Telegraph Office and the 1892 Town Hall, both to become museums. He intervened to stop the removal of Cardwell's 1924 Railway Station building. The Town Hall, which became the J. C. Hubinger Museum in honour of Sandy's grandfather, and the Railway Station building, were both severely damaged by cyclone Yasi on February 2nd-3rd 2001.

To Sandy, Cardwell was like his family. His grandparents were among the first white settlers on the Calophyllum shore of Rockingham Bay, where they established enduring friendships with other settlers and Aboriginal families whose local history long pre-dated Cardwell. The name Sandy chose for this book reflects that history. The Hubinger's first Cardwell property they named Mucki, an Aboriginal word for its scrub Calophyllums. The beachfront Calophyllum trees they saw as Cardwell's iconic trademark.

 

 


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