Cairns: A.E. & R.D. Gallop, 1979. Original cloth. Octavo, 23 x 14.5 cm, 133, A-D pp. ill., 8 maps, index. The dustjacket is lightly soiled, upper, lower and fore edges chipped, slightly abraded where price sticker has been removed. Bound in original cloth. Signed by Alexa Gallop and R.D. Gallop. Very good / good. Item #582
After being gassed during service at Ypres in World War I, Rollo D’Arcy Gallop moved to Queensland for his health. He took up a position with the Queensland Main Roads Commission as supervisor of work on the Palmerston Highway in Far North Queensland, followed by work on the Cook Highway and at Townsville and Hughenden. This was interrupted by work on runways for fighter planes during World War II. Following the war, he was involved with the development of dams and hydro-electric schemes in addition to roadwork across North Queensland. He was also called upon in 1964 to organise a trip on the then-undeveloped roads to Aurukun Aboriginal Mission for the Governor, Sir Henry Abel-Smith and his wife. Incidental to the stories of roadmaking are many details of social conditions and everyday life in the area during the twentieth century. Richly illustrated with more than 100 black and white photographs.