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Festival of the Knob / Yorkeys Knob

Saturday 1 June 2013


Saturday 1st of June, 10am til 4pm.

This year's theme " ROCK AROUND THE KNOB "

There is: Entertainment, Music, Bands & Dancing

The crowning of the 2013 King and Queen of The Knob

Markets stalls, Food, Rides and much much more.

Zoe's Doggy Treats will be there with bells on!!!!

See you there!!!


It might be assumed that amongst the cosmopolitan insurgence of gold-diggers into Northern Australia during the mid-1800's was a Yorkshireman called George Lawson. There is no factual information to support this assumption. It was only in the 1880's that an adventurous hard-living beche-de-mer fisherman nicknamed `Yorkie' was, by a series of incidents emerging as an identity in the northern waters off the harbour of Cairns.

In early records Yorkey is referred to as `Yorkie' or 'Yorky' and in one instance as being a Norwegian fisherman who lived on the 'hill' called the Knob. However, in all traceable registers the man Yorkey and the headland Yorkeys Knob rise unmistakably and territorially rock-like from misty legends of an extensive region strongly linked to the sea. The same registers disclose the man Yorkey's great respect for life in a time of lust and survival, more impressive when human life weighed little in value.

 "Yorkey took up a homestead adjoining the Mount Buchan estate in the vinicity of what is now Yorkeys Knob and there during the off-fishing season he and his boys farmed not very successfully, raising pumpkins and sweet potatoes and paddy melons which the bandicots and pigs ate which the crocodiles devoured. He was known to be liberal to the aboriginals, obliging to other fishers and given to treating young children.'