Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Coast Farewells Pioneer; Identity, Entrepreneur, Yachtie Andforward Thinker Leaves His Mark

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Coast Farewells Pioneer; Identity, Entrepreneur, Yachtie Andforward Thinker Leaves His Mark

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A COOLOOLA Coast man, remembered as one of the pioneers of Sunshine Coast tourism, died at his Tin Can Bay home last week, aged 94.

Russell McDonald arrived on the Sunshine Coast after meeting his future wife, Nambour woman Jill Aird, at a Cottesloe Apex Club function in Perth about 1956.

The blond-headed, tanned 21-year-old changed the Second World War Royal Australian Navy veteran's life.

The couple married in Nambour in 1958. They settled in the northern Brisbane suburb of Aspley and he worked as a copywriter and later manager of several advertising agencies.

Jill was born in Montville where her grandfather pioneered the citrus industry.

News that construction would start on the Mooloolaba Boat Harbour drew them back to the Coast and they purchased land behind Mooloolaba Life Saving Club, Jill said.

"Our future was mapped," she said.

So was born The Witches Hat, a low-rise development of five shops and two restaurants designed by Steven Trotter and informed by the international markets in Waikiki. …

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