25 years ago
GYMPIE beef producers are being forced to sell off their future to cope with the drought, Gympie livestock Agent, Tom Grady of Tom Grady Livestock said yesterday. He added that the producers were being forced to sell cattle at 30% below average because of the continuing dry conditions. Since July 1990 Gympie has recorded rain in only one month (February) that was not below average. The conditions are having a serious effect on Gympie's estimated $13.8 million beef industry. He predicted that if the weather keeps up it will cripple the cattle industry in this district and predicted up to 20% of cattle producers would struggle to remain in the industry unless the drought broke. The average price for fat cattle was about 80 cents to $1 while store cattle, or plain cattle, were selling at about 20 to 50 cents.
50 years ago
TWO Gympie men, Messrs B. Mulholland and B.M. Korminsky were presented with life membership badges at the annual meeting at the North Coast Cricket Council at Nambour last Sunday.
A GYMPIE native who entered journalism as a cadet on the Gympie Miner died in Brisbane on Tuesday.
He was Mr Roy Connolly aged 73 years.
Mr Connolly was a man whose life revolved around writing, through journalism, several books and as Press secretary to former Treasurer, Sir Arthur Fadden. A famous second generation Australian he left behind two important books.
They are Southern Saga described as the evergreen Australian historical novel; and John Drysdale and the Burdekin - a history of the man who made the North Queensland Burdekin area one of the richest and productive regions.
Roy Connolly was born in Gympie and when he was a lad was introduced to journalism working as a cadet at the Gympie Miner. He was a foundation member of the Queensland branch of the Australian Journalists' Association. From Gympie he went to Sydney and made his name as a political writer and was also an editor of a now defunct Sydney daily newspaper. He later returned to Brisbane and was a writer for The Sunday Mail.
100 years ago
AT THE City Council meeting this week correspondence included a telegram to the Mayor from the Prime Minister, Mr W.M. Hughes, asking him to call a meeting of citizens to form a strong National Referendum Committee to work for the triumph of the Government's proposals. The letter stated that Australia's future depended upon the vigour and thoroughness of the local action taken in this crisis. Ald Mackay thought the Council should express a definite opinion on this matter and hoped the Council would see that the public meeting be held very soon. He felt there had been mistaken ideas in connection with the Conscription proposals and suggested speakers be selected who would thoroughly explain the position.
Considering the number of men who had been sent from Gympie and district the people had a great interest in the matter. Ald Green thought the Prime Minister, Mr Hughes, should be invited to address a meeting on the field. To which the Town Clerk replied, He has been invited.
LIEUTENANT V.H. Tozer, retired list, has been appointed assistant military registrar at Gympie. He will be the military representative in the Exemption Courts.