TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1989; Gympie police are warning drivers to follow traffic regulations regarding school crossings or face the consequences. Gympie South School crossing supervisor Heather Cummings (above right) directs Troy Houston, 12, and Kristi Hutchinson, 6, across the road with the help of Constable John Graczyk.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1989; Gympie police are warning drivers to follow traffic regulations regarding school crossings or face the consequences. Gympie South School crossing supervisor Heather Cummings (above right) directs Troy Houston, 12, and Kristi Hutchinson, 6, across the road with the help of Constable John Graczyk. Rowena Robertson

What was making headlines 25, 50 and 100 years ago

25 YEARS AGO

GYMPIE police and City Council staff have been busy during the past two days chasing four-legged escapees through city streets.

On Thursday night, two police officers and council pound staff spent more than half an hour rounding up a frightened cow which ran through inner-city streets.

Yesterday Gympie City Council staff were called to Hughes Terrace to impound a renegade cow believed to be a braford.

Council staff are trying to locate the beast's owner and are not sure if it was the same cow that was loose yesterday.

TRAINING Minister Ken Vaughan yesterday announced the official appointment of Wendy Protheroe as Director of the Gympie TAFE College.

Ms Protheroe, 41 years, was only the third woman appointed to head a Queensland TAFE college.

She brings more than 20 year's experience in education and management to this position.

She has served as acting director of both Gympie and Gold Coast TAFEs over the past two years.

The new director will be responsible for administering a budget of $1.5 million and facilities worth $7.6 million.

Under her guidance and leadership is a staff of 37 and 686 students in 20 courses.

50 YEARS AGO

AMBULANCE bearer Laurie Marsh and his wife, a nursing sister, thought they were seeing lightning flashes outside their Inglewood Hill home.

But the flash was caused by a fallen electric light pole, the 'live' wire on which created lightning-like flashes outside their front gate and across the road on the roof of a neighbour's home.

It had crashed when a car in which five youths were injured collided with it at 2.30am.

Bearer Marsh said that he was awakened by the noise.

At first he thought he could see lightning.

The flashes appeared to be coming from the house opposite. It was then he heard a cry for help.

He called his wife and they hurried down to where they found an upturned vehicle.

He assisted one youth out of the vehicle and by then other neighbours had arrived on the scene.

His telephone was out of order so he hailed a passing motorist and asked him to contact the ambulance.

They were soon on the scene and the badly injured were placed on stretchers while the other three went to the hospital in Mr Marsh's car.

Two of the five youths injured in the accident, Reginald Webb (18) and Trevor Gosling (16) were transported to Brisbane General Hospital on Sunday for specialist treatment.

The other injured boys were Dennis Graham McTaggart (15), Donald Lucas (16) and Keith Barsby (21).

100 YEARS AGO

WITHIN the last fortnight, Mr William Saunders, Amamoor has had the bad luck to be notified that two of his sons have been wounded.

Last week he was notified that Private George Saunders had been wounded and on Tuesday he received a telegram that his second son, Private William Saunders had also been wounded.

Both were members of the Light Horse and presumably were engaged in the recent desert fighting near the Egyptian frontier.

MRS J.L. Cuppaidge, President of the local Red Cross Society advises that old linen is very urgently needed and a special appeal is made for old sheets, curtains or anything that can be converted into lint.

All articles should be left at the Red Cross rooms next Friday.

ALTHOUGH the log timber trade is rather dull, the trade in sawn timber at Pomona is brisk.

Large quantities of sawn hardwood from the Nine Mile Creek mill are being forwarded to Brisbane.

Gympie Times


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