Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Tourist Guide Shows Rivalry; Looking Back with Di Millar

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Tourist Guide Shows Rivalry; Looking Back with Di Millar

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IN mid-November 1925, the compilation of a tourist guide booklet entitled Scenic Beauties of the Tweed River District, under the direction of the Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce, was almost complete. Reviewed by The Tweed Daily, the booklet was hailed as the best effort made to advertise the Tweed's "wonderful scenery, fertile lands and richness in production".

There were numerous images of Murwillumbah and its surrounds, Mount Warning and its walking track, Stott's Island, the Tweed River and small settlements.

The Upper Tweed was praised as depicting "a most enchanting place".

On the Lower Tweed, images of Cudgen Headland, Fingal, Cook's Island and the Terranora hills were depicted, however, it was thought that Fingal and Tweed Heads had been "skimped".

The fact that Tweed Heads was "ignored entirely" was considered "a most regrettable fact for the booklet will not be complete without views from the centre".

The review further stated: "Three scenes would have been sufficient, say, from the top of the Razorback, an almost unparalleled seascape, one from Flagstaff Hill, and one of the river entrance, preferably with a steamer crossing in or out."

The obvious bias shown for Murwillumbah and its surrounding area was understandable because it was a Murwillumbah-based project and an intense rivalry existed between the main centres located on the upper and lower Tweed.

Murwillumbah solicitor Mr Hedley Heber Hungerford was president of the Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce and he was responsible for writing the text in the booklet.

Mr HH Hungerford also documented and laid out the 40 tourist routes described in the guide as lovely routes "midst beautiful scenes" and a large map of the Tweed was included as a further aid.

It was hoped that a number of copies of the tourist guide would be ready in time to go on sale at the well-attended Tweed District Agricultural Show which was being held on November 25 and 26.

The majority of the photographs were taken by professional photographer Mr William John Hannah (also at one time a president of the Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce) who was keenly interested in advertising the scenic beauty of the Tweed district. …

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