Gympie Family History Society plots a big weekend out
WHO was Mary Ann Clarkson of Black Snake?
The Gympie Family History Society wants Gympie residents to come and find out on the group's next outing this Sunday.
A day will be dedicated to travelling through Kilkivan and Woolooga and out towards Tansey on a bus.
One of many highlights will be a private tour through the original Boonara Homestead - built in 1864 and in beautiful condition.
The tour includes the Boonara and Rossmore cemeteries, private gravesites, a trip out to the Chimney Stack, Devonshire tea at the homestead and lunch at Kilkivan.
Cost is $40 per person (optional picnic lunch $17). Phone Di Woodstock 0419 224 628 to book.
To give a glimpse of the answer to the question of Mary Ann, she was a midwife who rode side saddle, travelled by buggy or simply walked to wherever she was needed by the pioneer women of the area.
Not only did she birth many of the local babies, but brought many of her own grandchildren into the world as well.
Family stories suggest a short Mary Ann had little stools to step up on.