TRAGEDY: William and Florence Darmody (above) on their wedding day on February 15, 1926. Nine years later, William was dead, leaving Florence to support herself and their five children. Find out how she did it at the Gympie Family History Society’s first cemetery crawl for the year next Wednesday night.
TRAGEDY: William and Florence Darmody (above) on their wedding day on February 15, 1926. Nine years later, William was dead, leaving Florence to support herself and their five children. Find out how she did it at the Gympie Family History Society’s first cemetery crawl for the year next Wednesday night. Contributed

One of the longest funeral processions Gympie has seen

WHEN young Thomas Ryan was buried in 1908, his cortege stretched from the Gympie Cemetery gates to the post office on the corner of Duke and Channon Sts.

It was one of the longest funeral processions the town had ever seen.

What tragedy brought Thomas's life to an end just before his 20th birthday?

And how did Imbil station master William Augustine Darmody come to be buried in Gympie Cemetery nearly 60 years before his wife Florence?

After losing her husband so young, how did Florence support five children - the youngest born eight weeks after William's untimely death?

These are just two of the fascinating stories to be recalled at Gympie Family History Society's cemetery crawl next Wednesday night.

Come rain or shine, the crawl will explore the lives behind the names on the graves of some of the district's pioneer families.

Along with Thomas Ryan and William and Florence Darmody, other names researched for the night include Reid, Sanday, Rattle, Master and Wooster.

The crawl gets under way at 6.30pm, but you are encouraged to come a little earlier for a chat and to meet new crawlers.

Meet you at the shed at Gympie Cemetery where you will hear some amazing stories about the people who helped shape our city and region.

Organiser Di Woodstock advises crawlers to wear good walking shoes, dress to suit the weather and bring a torch.

"And because the crawl will go on regardless of the weather, bring an umbrella if by some stroke of good luck we get much-needed rain."

Entry is $5 which includes a light supper and a booklet containing the night's research. There will also be a raffle for $1 a ticket. Booking assists Di with catering and printing, so if you are joining the crawl, let her know on 0419 224 628.

Gympie Times


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