Mario Calanna is a well-known and well-respected pharmacist who is the owner of a chain of pharmacies in north and south-east Queensland. Mario’s father immigrated from Italy and bought a sugar cane farm in Cairns where Mario was born and raised.
When Mario made the decision to pursue his aunt’s profession as a pharmacist, his parents began to sub-divide the farm into house and duplex blocks.
Mario graduated in 1970 and worked initially in John Brosnan’s pharmacy in Cairns. In 1975, the Calanna Medical Centre was built on the land where the family farm house had stood for over fifty years. Calanna Pharmacy Woree was opened on his father’s 70th birthday on 8 June, 1976.
Mario’s family home is on two of the blocks of land that were originally part of the family cane farm. Geographically, he has only moved about five hundred metres in over sixty years. Mario is married to Linda, and they have a son (Matthew) and a daughter (Catherine), as well as a granddaughter (Madeline).