Innisfail

/ˈɪnəsfeɪl/ (say 'inuhsfayl)

noun
a coastal town in north-eastern Qld, at the junction of the North Johnstone and South Johnstone rivers.
European settlement in the Innisfail region, traditionally inhabited by the Dyirbal people, dates from 1880 when sugar pioneer Tom FitzGerald set up a sugar plantation here on behalf of the Catholic Bishop of Brisbane and a company of Carmelite nuns who had acquired land for this purpose. Sugar crushing began in 1881. In 1918 the town was devastated by a cyclone which caused 28 deaths. Large-scale immigration after World War I, mainly from Italy, provided canefield labour, with a further influx after World War II. Sugar production remains the main industry, followed by bananas and other tropical fruits, prawn and reef fishing, aquaculture and tourism. In 2006 Innisfail was again severely damaged by a cyclone.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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