The news we were reading 25, 50 and 100 years ago
25 YEARS AGO
GYMPIE has been dealt another blow in the State Government regionalisation battle with the reversal of a decision to site a Forest Service control region here. The January 21 decision has been changed and now the regional manager's office will be located in Nambour. The decision to site the regional manager in Nambour had been made to 'better co-ordinate' the running of the Primary Industries Department regional office which had been established in that city. Widgee Shire Clerk Spencer Slatter has written to the Primary Industries Minister Ed Casey on the matter stating the Council's astonishment at the change in venue and the logical justification for a reversal of the decision, especially as investment in excess of $100 million over recent years in the timber processing industry in the Shire confirms the extent of the industry in the Gympie region.
GYMPIE and district was recovering yesterday from the second biggest flood this century. The Mary River peaked at 21.4 metres at 8pm Saturday, just failing to reach the 21.45m recorded in 1955. The biggest Gympie flood was in 1893 when the river peaked at 25.4 metres (83 feet four inches). The monster flood was caused by torrential rain which started on Thursday. Gympie had received 553mm (just over 22 inches) by yesterday, considerably less than an incredible 895 mm recorded at Rainbow Beach. Families and business owners began moving back into homes and shops yesterday as the sun shone brightly for the first time in days. Dozens of families and Gympie Mary Street traders all faced the heartbreak of entering rooms and shops covered in silt and the smell of dirty river water.
50 YEARS AGO
THE Gympie and District Pony Club has 83 members (32 seniors,44 full associates, and 7 juniors) according to the annual report presented by club president, Mr Percy Bishop, to the annual meeting in the Town Hall on Monday night. The meeting was attended by 40 members who at the outset observed a minute's silence in tribute to the late Mr W.H. McGeary who was regarded as the father of the club. Later in the meeting it was decided to institute an annual competition for a trophy to be known as the McGeary memorial trophy.
ANNETTE Lewis, 15 years received the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award from the Mayor, Ald R.N. Witham, C.B.E. at Gympie High School yesterday morning. A junior student she is the daughter of Mr K.C. Lewis, head teacher of Monkland School. This award is competed for in four sections and is made in three grades - gold, silver and bronze.
100 YEARS AGO
THE sad news was received on Thursday evening that Gunner Ivo V. Davidson, son of Mrs E.B. Davidson, South Side, had died in France on Saturday from Cerebral-spinal meningitis. He was serving in the 11th Field Artillery, but had previously been in the 11th Light Horse. By the recent English mails letters were received from him, stating that he had been engaged at the front, but his unit had been retired to the rear for a rest. Gunner Davidson was a young man, just reaching manhood and was popular amongst a large circle of friends. For a time he was clerk in the local branch of the Bank of New South Wales, but having an inclination for engineering he joined the staff of Mackenzie and Holland, Engineers, Northgate Junction, Brisbane and remained in the employ of the firm till he enlisted.