The StoryTree is a JAMARR project with a dedicated website open to the public and continuously accepting new stories. Visit and register your interest.
The idea grew from seeds planted by Ben and Melissa Bloore who took the initiative to produce a friendly guide for our region under the delightful slogan “Too good to pass by!” As people talked about how “too good” the region is, stories began to flow.
We realised that there was no longer a reliable story-keeper in the community (though there were plenty of unreliable sources!).
So the concept of a modern-day digital archive began to take shape. We have set up a StoryTree website which provides access to a growing collection of oral histories, videos, photos, and artefacts contributed to the project.
One of the branches of the StoryTree is a regional map for locals and visitors. The map layout was inspired by artwork Myra McLeod created. The brochure is set to be produced annually, encouraging new stories, pictures, and highlights for each edition. The brochure is too large for downloading and printing, but you can have a look at the map below. Click map for full size.
Special thanks to Rupert and Juliana Russell who opened doors, checked the facts, and provided encouragement the whole way. For their parts, a big thanks to: Ann-Marie Keating and Duncan McInnis (Koko Muluridji), Tan Dickson (Julatten Initiative Group), Helen Kindt (Mareeba Historical Society), Lorne Cubit, Wyn Schiller, Lyn Day, Lyn and Reece Gore, Noel Prowse and his Men’s Shed Mob, Cyril Vains, Freddie Vains, Betty Lawford, Ian Adcock, Joan Crothers, Sid Clayton, Maureen Clayton, Nipper Brown, John Colless, Alan Pederson, Phil, Bruce Ferguson, Geoff and Hilary Kuhn, Lindsay Fisher, Willem Brugman, Gordon Rasmussen, Sue McGrath, and Lenore Wyatt.
The projects was generously funded through the Mareeba Shire’s RADF program (Regional Arts Development Fund) 2017-18. RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Mareeba Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.