Family reunites after 60 years

BILL Manning of Deep Creek Road was recently reunited with his sister, Mrs. Dorothy Miles of Canada, after an absence of 60 years.

Mrs Miles last had contact with her brother 42 years ago, before she left Britain with her husband for Canada.

Mrs Miles attended a nephew's wedding in Adelaide last January and decided to find her brother.

She went through all the Queensland electoral rolls, found Bill's name in Gympie, phoned the Gympie police, who checked out the address and asked someone there to telephone Mrs. Miles's Adelaide number.

The Canadian couple flew to Gympie and met Mr. Manning and his family. For the last eight years Mr. Manning has lived with his daughter, Jill McKinlay, who was formerly Jill Beutel of Amamoor.

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  • 19 year old Kirsten Winter, who lived in Cooroy until a year ago, has hit the big time in Australian modelling and is all set to break into the international modelling scene.

Kirsten has been featured on the cover of quality fashion magazines in Australia in the past six months and has now been snapped up by the Eileen Ford Model Agency in New York.

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  • Phenomenal Gympie swimmer Tracey Lewis is packing her bags for Los Angeles following a world record-breaking performances at the recent Australian Amputee Olympic trials in Sydney.

The plucky Lewis, Gympie's Sportsman of the Year, smashed no fewer than four world records in the trials and seems set for a swag of gold medals when the Amputee Olympics are held in Los Angeles in June and July.

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  • An old steam train had a brief return to its former line of business in Gympie at the weekend when it crossed the railway lines at Monkland atop a low-loader.

The 50 tonne engine, previously in a children's playground at Tozer Park, was restored at the park site by members of Apex. The restored train, now newly painted, has moved to its new site near the Gympie Historical Museum.

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  • A turn-of-the-century solid cedar table measuring about three metres by a metre is the centre of a tug-of-war between a group of library users, and the Gympie City Council.

The library users want the table to remain at the School of Arts which houses the library, while the Council has removed it and installed the table in the Council Chambers.

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  • On a visit to Fraser Island, Mr Moriarty, the research secretary of the Association for Protection of Rural Australia said that logging on the Island should not be halted, even on conservation grounds. He will speak at the Memorial Hall in Pomona outlining his Association's views on conservation, grazing, and other rural land in Australia, in particular from Maleny to Maryborough and Fraser Island.

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  • World News: Tokyo: Prime Minister Bob Hawke has told the Japanese Government that Australia remains opposed to the dumping of nuclear waste in the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Christine Simpson, 17 years, of the Nashville Scouting Group, has just become Gympie's first female Venturer to achieve the Queen's Scout award. Christine is the daughter of Gympie ambulance officer, Mr Trevor Simpson and Mrs Robyn Simpson of Geordie Road.

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  • Gympie police yesterday praised the actions of a group of young people who rescued an unconscious man from the Mary River near Kidd Bridge. The man, Gerald Riley, 36 years, a permanent resident of the Queen's Hotel, was yesterday recovering in the Gympie Hospital after his ordeal.

Mr Glen Jocumsen, 21 years, of Red Hill Road and a friend, Mr Bernie Blowers, of Miva were sitting on the bank of the river when a young boy on the other side yelled to ask them if they had seen where “that old man” had gone.

They had a look for him and saw him about a foot under the water on the other side of the river. Mr Jocumsen's fiancé and her sister jumped in the car to get the police and ambulance. The two men swam across the river to Mr Riley and pulled him out of the river with the young boy's help.

They couldn't find a pulse, but they started to push on his chest, in and out, and he started groaning. Queen's Hotel proprietor, Ron McDougall said he had spoken to Mr Riley who has no recollection of what happened to him and only remembers swimming in the river and then waking up in hospital.

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  • 29 year old Gympie teacher Joe Tramacchi flies out on Thursday to start a secondary school in the Wangkatjunka Aboriginal community in the Kimberleys. Joe is the son of Mr and Mrs Des Tramacchi of Elizabeth Street. His task is to establish the secondary school on the lines of draft curricula prepared by the community's school board, and make it efficient, hopefully by the end of the year when it would qualify for State Education funds. He will be helped by four Aborigines elected as assistant teachers.

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  • Yesterday, the State Health Minister, Mr Brian Austin, officially opened the $1.75 million Glandore Private Hospital in Channon Street.

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  • Vandals have defaced the Gympie Arts Society mural on the walls of the Gympie City Council carpark in Reef Street. The vandals had tipped about 10 small bottles of paint and tinter into a bucket of water and then used a brush to print over the top of the mural.

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