Wal and Lil Plemenuk

1975 JULY 19 (Cairns Post or Townsville Daily Bulletin?) Cairns Historical Society

Mr Walter Joseph (Wal) Plemenuk, a man who played an early pioneering role in the cultivation of sugar cane in the Proserpine area, died suddenly at his Townsville home at the weekend. A native of the city, where he was born on December 11, 1917, Mr Plemenuk spent his early life on cane farms in the Lower Burdekin, Innisfail and Mackay districts. When 15 years of age, he entered the butchering trade, but later branched out as a baker and pastry cook.

Mr Plemenuk returned to the sugar industry as a farmer, and took up the first cane assignment in Proserpine. He subsequently owned farms in Ingham and at Bartle Frere. In 1954 he relinquished his farming interests and acquired the Estate Theatre in Townsville. He later extended his association with motion picture theatres with interests in the Bio Theatre in Cloncurry and the Rex Theatre in Mossman. Mr Plemenuk disposed of his theatre interests in Mossman in 1973 and returned to live in Townsville in retirement, purchasing a home in Cranbrook. His principal interest since that time had been in gardening. He is survived by his widow, Lil, whom he married in Proserpine in January 1838, a son Robert and a grand-daughter Tanya.