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The almost 100-year history of rugby league in the Cairns region has been captured for the first time in a new book, which is now available in time for Christmas.

The History of Rugby League in Cairns District, written by current Cairns District Rugby League Treasurer and historian Martin Hurst, is a 164-page encyclopedia of all things rugby league in our region.

The new book covers everything from the history of the CDRL to Gold Medal winners, and includes the history of the Foley Shield, as well as the detailed history of current CDRL clubs

The book also profiles well-known CDRL identities such as Alan Gil, Jack Seary, Pat Bailey and Jim Barlow.

Hurst, who has spent several years researching and writing the book, said it was a massive task; but one is he is pleased he undertook.

“I’ve slowly been putting the information together over the past 10 years or so, and have spent countless hours in the Cairns library researching from the old microfilm,” Hurst said.

“This is the first time the history of rugby league in the Cairns region has ever been compiled into one book, and I wanted to make sure all of that history wasn’t lost.

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who spared their time for me to interview them for this book.

“I hope it captures the beginning, middle and current period of rugby league across Cairns and beyond, and provides lots of talking points for rugby league fanatics throughout our region.

“I’d like to think it’s a great Christmas gift for any rugby league loved one.”

Hurst will hold an official book launch signing session this Saturday (December 3) at Intersport Cairns from 9am-12pm.

Northern rugby league fans can get a copy of the book now for $25 (plus postage and handling if required) by contacting author Martin Hurst at the CDRL on (07) 4031 6772. or

Author Martin Hurst will sign copies of his book and is available for media interviews.

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Intersport, 58-80 Kenny Street, Cairns (opposite Masters)

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