Treeby heritage inspires Gympie author

ON SATURDAY, November 12, the Gympie Regional Library hosted the launch of Lynette Blyth's book called A Place called Mumbeanna.

This book traces the Treeby Family from the time Edward Washington Treeby left London, England sometime before 1882 to bring some mining machinery to a remote gold mine near the town of Kilkivan called the Rise and Shine.

The book talks of Edward Treeby's exploits from his marriage to Alice Maud Croke in Gympie to his selection of Selection 64 near Pie Creek and then on to the property of Mumbeanna which had previously been owned by Zachariah Skyring.

Edward Treeby went on to raise a large family in this place.

More than 40 guests attended the launch and were entertained by Lyn's great granddaughter, Katie McKenzie, who sang a number of songs.

Lyn gave an interesting talk on how her research was first inspired and how the book developed over many years.

She said the research brought people together to help in a common cause and that when they left, they left with a sense of fulfilment and pride in their heritage.

Lyn cut the commemorative cake which featured a picture of George Treeby at Mumbeanna, and the guests were invited to partake of morning tea.

Lyn then signed books and chatted with her guests about the family history.

"About 50 books have been distributed to family members and the proceeds will be donated to the Royal Flying Doctor's Service,” Mrs Blyth said.

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