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The Canecutters Memorial was erected by the Italian community of Innisfail, to commemorate the contribution of Italian migrants to the sugar industry, both as labourers and farm owners. The memorial was erected in 1959 after the Queensland Government suggested communities commemorate the centenary of separation from New South Wales by a structure of a permanent nature. 

The Canecutters or Pioneers of Sugar Industry memorial is important in demonstrating the evolution of Queensland`s history as an illustration of the significance of the sugar industry in North Queensland. For many years, the growth of Innisfail and the surrounding district was reliant on the sugar industry.

The subject of the Memorial, a canecutter, further demonstrates the evolution of Queensland`s history as a figure in the sugar industry made obsolete by the mechanisation of cane harvesting in the 1960s and 1970s.

The life-sized white marble statue of a cane-cutter was unveiled at Innisfail, North Queensland, during the town's annual Sugar Week Festival. A memorial to sugar industry pioneers, the statue cost £5000. It was paid for by Innisfail's Italian community "as a mark of appreciation to the land of their adoption."
The Australian Women's Weekly , 28 October 1959. 


Address:Fitzgerald Avenue & Edith Street, Innisfail, 4860
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -17.52393
Long: 146.032458
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Designer:Renato Beretta


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:October-1959
Front Inscription

To the pioneers of the Sugar Industry

Donated by the Italian community of Innisfail District on the first Centenary of the Sate of Queensland

1859  1959


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au