2016 heritage calendar to commemorate the SS Dicky
  • Tuesday 27 October 2015

Reflections – Remembering the SS Dicky 2016 cultural heritage calendar was launched by Mayor Mark Jamieson today in commemoration of the historic SS Dicky that came to ground on Dicky Beach at Caloundra in 1893 and as a wreck, became a local and visitor attraction.

Mayor Jamieson said the calendar was a tribute to the importance of heritage to our community.

“As a community, it is the sharing of our history that shapes our identity as a people and what it means to be a resident of the Sunshine Coast. We know the SS Dicky will always hold a special place in everyone’s hearts and it is only fitting the 2016 cultural heritage calendar is dedicated to the SS Dicky."

 Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said there was no doubt the SS Dicky had been an integral part of the Sunshine Coast landscape since it shipwrecked 122 years ago on the beach that now bears it name.

 “In fact, Dicky Beach is the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a shipwreck,” Cr Dwyer said.

 “As a popular heritage icon, the SS Dicky has been photographed by thousands of people over the years as its appearance has slowly changed due to the variable weather conditions it has endured.

 “And while an interpretive display commemorating the SS Dicky will be developed in the park adjacent to the beach, I am sure the 2016 Cultural Heritage calendar will also become a collector’s item because through pictures it showcases how people relate to the wreck and its story.”

 Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the heritage calendar was produced annually and usually relied on photographs from the past. But not for 2016.

 “This year council invited photography enthusiasts to enter their favourite SS Dicky photos for a chance to be included in the 2016 Sunshine Coast Council heritage calendar – to provide a mix of the old and the new - and in so doing bring our heritage to life,” Cr McKay said.

 “This year’s heritage levy funded calendar bursts with gorgeous contemporary and heritage images of the effects of time and tide on the SS Dicky from 1893 to the present.

 “Copies of the Reflections – Remembering the SS Dicky 2016 calendar can be purchased from council’s library branches, Caloundra Regional Gallery and Customer Service Centres for just $6 and would make a fantastic Christmas present.”

 The following winners of the 2016 Heritage Calendar photography competition received a beautiful canvas of their photograph and a copy of the 2016 heritage calendar:


  • Andrew Katic’s Rusty Bones taking pride of place on the front cover and Three Strikes and You’re Out features in the month of July
  • Kathryn Burney’s Splendour features in the month of January
  • Brett McIntosh’s Osprey is the photograph for March
  • Lindsay Powell’s Family Outing is April’s photograph
  • Kate Wall’s Ghostly Dicky image features in the month of May
  • Tony Leman’s Under the Milky Way features in September
  • Sue Adams-Smith’s Nippers North of the Wreck features in November; and
  • Kim Springall’s Dicky’s Light featuring in the month of December.