A century of service leaves lasting imprint

GRAHAM Murray took the opportunity of the Murray Views' 100 year celebrations to thank and acknowledge past and present staff for their contribution over the years. "Some of our staff have been with us for over 20 years which lends to the family atmosphere," he said at the centenary celebrations held at Gunabul Homestead on Saturday.

"It's not every day that a company gets to celebrate its 100th anniversary, and it's even rarer when that company is a privately held family business."

Employee and organiser of the celebratory lunch Helen Shadbolt said it had always been clear how the Murrays felt for their staff and, at Saturday's function, it was obvious past and present staff thought highly of the Murrays.

One of the earlier employees, Alain Henderson, was MC for the event and reminisced about the times when his pay was only seven shillings and sixpence a week.

He showed one of the hand-drawn prints of himself as a "young tyke" taken by Murray Studios in the "old days".

"Now I sit back and think about working at Murray Views, it feels like it wasn't that long ago I was a kid here," he said.

"It seems like only yesterday that I started working at Murray Views."

On behalf of current and past staff, Bonnie Kirkpatrick, an employee for 35 years, presented the Murray family with a crystal plaque to commemorate 100 years.

Guests swapped memories at Gunabul Homestead, which was decorated in pink, purple and silver for the theme 'jacarandas' to symbolize Gympie.

Kev Collins, who bought Murray Studios off the Murray family, spoke about how sad he was that part of the business (Murray Studios) didn't make it to 100 years.

"The celebrations were great," past employee Mavis Ramsey said.

"There was a lot of reminiscing during the day and plenty of catching up.

"It's great now to see the fifth generation is now working there."