Flashback to Gympie headlines down the years
25 YEARS AGO
MEMORIES will be the theme of this month's Anglican Debutante Ball in Gympie in keeping with the historical significance of this year for Gympie. St Peter's parish priest Father Fred Ailwood said yesterday the ball would be the church's contribution to Gympie's 125 birthday celebrations. The church has photos and write ups of the first few balls ever held and the church was keen to contact as many surviving women as possible from the 28 who made their debut at the first ball in 1936. A photo of the first debutantes and an accompanying article about the ball had been found in a 1936 edition of The Queenslander newspaper. The debutantes would be well into their seventies now but we are hoping that people will be able to give us information about how the women can be contacted. The Anglican Archdeacon of the Gold Coast, the venerable Bruce Clark, a former St Peter's rector, will receive the debutants at this year's ball on the 12 June.
GOOMBOORIAN dairy farmer Lex Buchanan has been rewarded for his dedication to the Queensland Dairymen's Organization. Mr Buchanan, 67, was included in the Queen's Birthday honours list in the Medal of the Order of Australia General Division for his service to the dairy industry. He has been the Wide Bay/Burnett QDO district chairman since 1968 and a member of the QDO State Council since 1975. He is also a member of many other dairy associations. He is an adviser to the CSIRO's northern animal protection unit and said his job was to protect the interests of QDO members. He added that it was a very good industry in Queensland and probably the envy of all other states because of the way the industry has diversified and developed the domestic market. His farm is managed by one of his sons so he doesn't have to fit in all his work between milking.
50 YEARS AGO
THE Mines Department has made a grant of $200 to the Gympie and District Historical Society as a contribution towards the cost of its proposed historical museum. A meeting will be held at the Town Hall on June 21 to discuss with representatives of Gympie City Council, Widgee Shire Council and service organizations details of proposed plans for the museum and estimated costs of the scheme. It is hoped that with assistance and co-operation a museum worthy of Gympie and district will soon become an accomplished fact.
MR AND Mrs R. Doggrell and son Lincoln returned last week after a 4000 miles motor tour through Central Queensland to Mount Isa. A point of interest was the grave of Thomas Hanger, Principal of the Gympie State High School for 24 years (1917-1941). The headstone is simply inscribed, He sought To Teach Truth. Mr Hanger chose Jericho as his last resting place because it was there that he began his teaching career. The grave is tended regularly.
100 YEARS AGO
INTEREST is attached to the model of the great Strasburg clock now showing opposite Shamblers, in Mary St, by reason of the present war. Also there is a possibility that the cathedral of Strasburg and the clock may run the risk of being destroyed. The clock is on view every day between 2 and 5 o'clock and 7 and 10pm.
NEGOTIATIONS have been completed for the purchase of the license lease, goodwill and site of the recently burned-down Australian Hotel. The purchaser is Mr J. Jerks and the owner Mrs Findley of Brisbane. Mr Jerks intends to spend about $4000 in the erection of new premises to meet the requirements of the local licensing bench. The transaction was effected by Mr H. Sedgman, auctioneer.