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Rex Lookout
Rex Lookout

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Russell Byers

The lookout commemorates Raymond Rex, former Douglas Shire Councillor.

Rex was an illustrious pioneer and colourful character from Hobart. RD, as he was commonly called, was a councillor and chairman of the Douglas Shire Council for 45 years. He was the man largely responsible for having the Captain Cook Highway completed from Mossman to Cairns during The Depression.

He met much opposition to this road as the locals feared that people would spend their money in Cairns rather than in Mossman and Port Douglas. During Raymond's term on the council, the original power and water supply from Rex Creek was established. Likewise, he had a significant influence with the construction of the Rex Highway from Cassowary to Julatten.


Address:Captain Cook Highway, Rex Lookout, Wangetti, 4877
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.640833
Long: 145.562778
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Local


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 21st August, 1982
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Rex Lookout

Named in recognition of Raymond David Rex Esq. J.P.,O.B.E.,F.R.C.S.A

Chairman Douglas Shire Council 1933-1955 and Councillor 1918-1955

Early advocate of the Captain Cook Highway which was officially opened on the 17 - 12 - 1933.

This plaque was unveiled by (illegible) M.L.A  Member for Barron River on 21st August 1982

Source: MA
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