Carnevale in Atherton

Is it because I am just a bit obsessed with Venice that I noticed this advertising poster?

It looks like fun. I’ll have to watch for the reports in the  newspaper.

Annual Maize Festival



Filed under Atherton, Australia, Festivals

8 responses to “Carnevale in Atherton

  1. I reckon you and Bert are in a dead heat for Pun of the Day, Shell!


  2. Good one, Bert!

    I would never have guessed this was promoting a Maize Festival {I resisted the urge to say I was a-maized… 😉 } It’s very pretty!!


  3. Hi, Michelle

    Yes, this is the time of year to harvest maize and sugar cane. Here’s more that you really wanted to know, about the history of this crop in the Tablelands:

    “Extensive fields of majestic green maize provide one of the most memorable sights for visitors to the Atherton Tablelands during the summer months.
    This crop, which provided the basis of the Mayan, Aztec and Incan civilizations in South and Central America, also sustained early settlers of Atherton and surrounding towns, and has continued to this day to provide income for the maintenance of the community.
    GC Bolton, a noted historian, write in his book A Thousand Miles Away (1972) that maize production on the Atherton Tableland was commenced to provide feed for the horses, mules and bullocks used in the mining industries which grew up around the Herberton and Irvinebank in the 1880s, and in the canefields on the coast.
    Early attempts failed because of a blight but by 1890, there were over 400 hectares of maize under cultivation near Atherton. After the initial efforts by European landowners, it was the Chinese who found a secure living in maize cultivation. Bolton relates that as many as 300 Chinese farmers grew the crop in an area extending several miles from the centre of mazlins Pocket, the settlement which became Atherton.
    Rainforest timbers were exploited on the Tableland in the early 1880s, which meant the early maize crops had to be painstakingly hand planted to avoid the remaining stumps after timber falling operations. The Chinese temperament was well suited to such meticulous work, and to the informal marketing of grain which pertained in those early days. The Chinese maize farmers have disappeared from the scene but the importance of their work in laying the foundations of the maize industry, and the significance of that industry to the establishment of Atherton as a permanent settlement should not be overlooked.”


  4. Michelle

    Remember it is masquerade so…you could make sure that no one knew who you were. It doesn’t look expensive.Is it maize havest time there??? or planting time?
    I’ll bet you could rent a costume cheaper in Atherton (if you can find one) than in Venice.


  5. djones47

    Better still — GO!


  6. Bert

    It looks a bit corny to me 🙂


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