Elizabeth Moores, with a newspaper cartoon of her father, Tom Moores.
Elizabeth Moores, with a newspaper cartoon of her father, Tom Moores. Renee Pilcher

Tom Moores' memory lives on

ALTHOUGH many of us would need to be reminded about Tom Moores today, he was once one of Gympie’s more famous sons.

His daughter Elizabeth, who has now found herself living in her dad’s old home town, says there must be some sort of magnetism about Gympie that draws her family back here.

Tom Moores died 27 years ago last Thursday, two weeks after his 80th birthday, after serving in prominent roles in Queensland public life.

And Elizabeth feels it is a shame his home town seems to have forgotten about him.

Born in 1903, he became a Brisbane City Council alderman and the Member for the Brisbane electorate of Kurilpa, parts of which are now represented, under the name South Brisbane, by Premier Anna Bligh.

“His family was forced to leave Gympie by his father’s bad health,” Elizabeth said.

And although that move took all the male family members (and the family name) away from Gympie, Elizabeth says one of her father’s sisters, Nell, stayed here and married Tom Baty, a miner, making their home at Mt Pleasant.

Her sons, Jack and Harry Baty, played football for the Wanderers and were well known in Gympie but were killed in World War II.

“My father always considered himself a Gympie boy and we never lost our connection with this place,” said Elizabeth, who now lives at Chatsworth.

“When my husband Jos and I decided we no longer wanted to live in Brisbane, we came up here, to what has always been my second home,” she said.

Elizabeth said her dad was also among the Gympie people who have been important to rugby league, serving as BRL administrator and president of Souths, while he was in Parliament.

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