What made The Gympie Times 25, 50 and 100 years ago
25 YEARS AGO
POLICE said yesterday that Senior Constable Ian Campbell of Imbil police who plunged into a raging torrent to rescue a mother and her two children at Imbil last Thursday night could be recognized for his bravery.
Snr Constable Campbell and two Bryant Road residents, Terry Robson and John Richardson rescued the mother and children after the family car had been washed into Coonoongibber Creek.
The dramatic rescue came about as the Cravigan family were returning to their Bryant Road home after late night shopping in Gympie. Their car plunged into the flooded creek after rounding a corner. The father stepping out of the vehicle was swept under it but his son Zane managed to drag his father back into the car. Eventually Mr Cravigan worked his way to the bank and ran 1000 metres to the Robson home to raise the alarm. A line of wire and rope was rigged up and Zane climbed his way to shore. When Snr Constable Campbell arrived he plunged into the creek and swam to a large tree near the car. Mrs Cravigan was on the car roof clutching the two girls. He reached out and with assistance brought the two children to safety. Imbil Fire Brigade arrived with extra ropes and Snr Const. Campbell returned to the tree and passed ropes to Mrs Cravigan and with the help of the two men brought the woman to the bank.
50 YEARS AGO
HIGHLIGHT of last night's meeting of the Gympie Centenary Celebrations Co-ordinating committee was the announcement by the publications committee chairman, Ald. T.R. Wilbraham that the Centenary Book had been completed. He offered congratulations to Mr Ron Donald, editor of the publication, Mr Len Woolf and staff (printers), Mr Harold Becker, secretary of the publications committee and other committee members for their fine effort in producing the book. On Thursday the book will be available at bookshops, the Town Hall and the Widgee Shire Council Chambers.
YOUNG Gympie champion golfer Miss Judith Byrne has been selected as one of two Queensland representatives for the Australian Associates Sub-Junior titles to be played in Adelaide in January. Gympie may also supply the other team member with Laureen Radford. She is to play trial matches in Brisbane tomorrow against Robyn Carbine of Ipswich to determine the team mate for Judy. As well as being triple A-Grade associate champion Judy is Queensland junior champion and Wide Bay-Burnett champion.
100 YEARS AGO
THE annual breaking-up of the Mary River School took place last Friday when the children, their parents and a number of friends assembled in the school grounds for a picnic before lunch. Games were provided for the children, and afterwards the prize distribution took place. Each child received a prize, the presentation being made by Mr J. Pitts, Chairman of the School Committee. Masters Harold Holden and Eric Holden each received a prize for regular attendance not having missed a day during the year. Sports were again provided for the children and before dispensing they sang the National Anthem, and gave cheers for the King and Miss Walsh their teacher.
WORD has been received here that Sergeant Buchanan, a brother of Mr. W. Buchanan of Goomboorian has been wounded for the third time whilst fighting in France. He sustained a severe compound fracture of the hand.