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Coming home after 34 years

A PIECE OF HISTORY: The home at the Grady family property is a beautiful example of classic Queensland style.
A PIECE OF HISTORY: The home at the Grady family property is a beautiful example of classic Queensland style. Contributed

IT WAS a reunion 34 years in the making when Tom and Lyn Grady had the opportunity to buy the original Kin Kin property Tom had grown up in as a young boy.

More than just a house and a dairy farm, it was an opportunity to reclaim a piece of the Grady family's history.

"Growing up wasn't always easy, especially with the difficulties of farm life," Tom says.

"The funny thing is I don't think I had much of an appreciation for the place as a young boy - we were always working so hard."

The property and farm was originally bought by Tom's father Alan in 1929, where he raised a family of 14 children (nine boys and five girls) with his wife Vera.

Due to illness, Alan Grady eventually had to sell the farm in 1976.

During a job near the area in 2010, Tom took the opportunity to head back to his old family home.

"It turned out to be a great decision," he says.

"As it turns out, part of the property was back up for sale."

Tom and Lyn took the opportunity to buy 16 acres (6.4h) of the original property, only a small part of the original dairy.

 

Luckily for the Gradys, Tom's family home was included in the sale.

In the intervening years since it was sold, the "Grady Family Retreat" has been renovated a number of times.

However, the home still retains its original character and the early memories of the Grady family's upbringing.

The home was built in a style typical of early 1900s Queenslander-style houses, with a weatherboard exterior and a pine tongue and groove interior.

The views offered from each side of the house are stunning, with each window presenting a different but beautiful view of the surrounding Queensland countryside.

For a property approaching 90 years old, the Grady Retreat is still in excellent condition, showing the love and care afforded the building.

After reclaiming his childhood home, which Tom described as a "dream come true", the house and property have once again become a regular stop for the Grady family.

In 2013, the descendants of Alan and Vera Grady gathered at the farm to share their memories of growing up.

In total, 122 descendants and relatives made the trip out to Kin Kin.

Tom, along with his brothers and sisters, took the time to plant two mockorange trees each alongside the fence overlooking the front of the house.

Each fence panel features the name of one of Alan and Vera's children.

"The plants have grown into a beautiful hedge that runs along the fence," Tom says.

"I can't think of a better way to commemorate the family and the place where we all grew up."

Tom and Lyn's work commitments back in Gympie mean they have little time to spend on the farm themselves, but are supported by their three children Sharyn, Juanita and Jason.

"We get relatives coming regularly to spend time at the place and enjoy the country lifestyle," Tom says.

"The atmosphere is so peaceful there."

Gympie Times

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