HISTORY: Bevan Day with pets Rusty and Coco near the timbers that were rescued from a family well.
HISTORY: Bevan Day with pets Rusty and Coco near the timbers that were rescued from a family well. Contributed

Century old slabs from well still in a perfect state

FAMILY histories have a habit of haunting future generations.

That is exactly what happened to Kevin Day and his brother, Bevan, on their property, Day-Dawn, at Kanyan, north of Gympie.

Century-old timber slabs from the bottom of a well have surfaced, in perfect condition.

It was dug by the Day's grandfather in 1908 for stock during a drought more than a century ago.

"I went for a walk down to the well and noticed the wood, and because it's been dry I was able to pull some pieces out," Mr Day said.

"After more than 100 years they are in perfect condition, they aren't rotten at all."

There is a sad past attached to the wells.

"Our grandad also bought another property here, the Scrub Farm," Mr Day said.

"He put another well in and as they were building it, he accidentally let a slab fall on the head of one of his sons, aged 24.

"He died and his wife gave birth to a daughter not long after."

Bevan Day said pieces of that sad history have been washed up from time to time.

"The bulk of the timber has surfaced over the past two years during the big floods," he said.

"It's just remarkable that there's no evidence of rot.

"It could be ironbark, but I can't be certain."