Up the Palmerston - A History of the Cairns Hinterland up to 1920
This three volume series is the result of over 30 years of research and investigation across several continents. The books explore the history of the Cairns and wider North Queensland hinterland, its special places and its characters. The uniquely friendly and approachable style give the reader a glimpse into this colourful part of northern Australia, which deserves to be documented and celebrated.
The Cairns hinterland is known for its majestic mountains, rainsforests, waterfalls, caves, lava tubes and volcanic lakes. 'Up the Palmerston' shows that the history of the area is as colourful and varied as its landscape. The Aborigines arrived on the scene thousands of years ago. More recently the European explorers, farmers, miners, and timber industry workers appeared. These books tell the stories of what these groups did, and how they managed.
Detailed maps and many photos and illustrations document historical expeditions and events. Personal interviews with oldtimers bring to life the past and add a rich and entertaining human side, while the continent-spanning stories of North Queensland's founders provide all the drama of an epic blockbuster movie.
Mike Rimmer passed away in September 2015. This site is maintained by his friends to fulfill his wish to make his books available for everyone to enjoy.
E-book versions (PDF) are now available for free download (see below).
Volume 1 (202pp)
Cooktown, Maytown, Palmerville, Hodgekinson Goldfield, Kingsborough, Thornborough, Mt Mulligan, Mary Wardle, Cardwell, Ingham, the Valley of Lagoons, Cape York, Cairns and Port Douglas. It also deals with the North Queensland Aborigines and Negritoes, James Cook, Ludwig Leichhardt, John Gilbert, Edmund Kennedy, Jackie Jackie, A.C. Gregory, George Dalrymple, Arthur Jervoise Scott, Walter Jervoise Scott, Charles Jervoise Scott, Henry Stone, Richard Daintree, William Hann, James Venture Mulligan, Mary Wardle, R.G.W. Herbert, and Winnie Dawson.
> Download Volume 1 (PDF 5.7MB)
Volume 2 (169pp)
Herberton, Irvinebank, Watsonville, Montalbion, Stannary Hills, Muldiva, Tate River Township, Chillagoe, Calcifer, Mungana, Zilmanton, Cardross, OK Township, Coolgarra, Mt Garnet, Mt Molloy, Mt Carbine, Newellton, Wolfram Camp, Bamford, Great Northern Mine, Vulcan Mine, OK Copper Mine, Lady Jane Mine, Girofla Mine. Some of the personalities in it are John Newell, Willie Jack, John Moffat, Bill McCormack, Ted Theodore, Johny Bowe, Abdul Wade, and Darby Macnamara.
> Download Volume 2 (PDF 13.5MB)
Volume 3 (128pp)
Cairns-Kuranda Railway, the Bump Road, Port Douglas, Millaa Millaa, Yungaburra, Atherton, Mareeba, Ravenshoe, Malanda, the Evelyn Tableland, Pompo, Christie Palmerston, John Atherton, Mary Hull, Bill Mazlin, Henry Keough, John Rankine, and Patrick English.
> Download Volume 3 (PDF 3.6MB)
A Finger in Many Pies
Mike Rimmer's autobiography, A Finger in Many Pies, was released in September 2015.
> Download A Finger in Many Pies (PDF 60 MB)
Mike Rimmer's photo collection
> Go to the photo collection
It was only possible to include a small percentage of the photographs Mike took in North Queensland and the British Isles during the course of his decades of research. The remainder can be seen here.
How to add a PDF to your iPad or iPhone
Once you have purchased and downloaded the PDF document(s) add them to your iTunes Library. Connect your iPad to your iTunes account and Sync Books to copy the PDF onto your iPad.
In the iBooks app on your iPad, be sure to click the PDFs button at the top of the page to display your PDF files. Your newly purchased Up the Palmerston document(s) should display there.
Alternatively, you can email the file as an attachment from your computer or laptop and collect your email on your iPad. Once the email arrives, click on the PDF attachment to launch it. It is a good idea to save the PDF to your iBooks library on your iPad.
There are a number of sites on the internet giving simple step-by-step guide to this process. See Simple Help for a good one.