The headlines we were reading 25, 50 and 100 years ago
25 YEARS AGO
GYMPIE City Council's engineers were warned of potential drainage problems before work started on Stage 1 of the Mary Street Beautification project in 1990. The council's work foreman, Peter Fitzgerald, said he had written a memo to council engineers Pat Dinneen and Rob Smith expressing concerns about design work for the project. He said the engineers had ignored his warning that design work had been inadequate. After many exchanges Mr Fitzgerald said he'd been black-banned from the Mary Street project and he wasn't at all surprised when shops in central Mary Street had been flooded during storms last month. He said that when you consider that a 600mm by 150mm box drain going into two little 100mm pipes doesn't work. Unfortunately when these pipes were installed the labourers asked for a plumber to do the work as they'd never done this type of work before but the council refused because of the cost involved.
50 YEARS AGO
WELL-KNOWN Gympie horseman, John Mawhinney, junior, has returned home recently after taking part in a three weeks school at the Equestrian federation training Centre at Bowral, NSW. He also competed in a number of events which attracted some of the best riders in Australia. After the training school, John competed in a one-day event at Warwick Farm. There were 54 competitors, the winner being Brian Cobcroft from NSW, a member of Australia's Olympic team at Tokyo in 1964. John finished fourth.
A TREE planting ceremony is to be held on May 13 to mark the first stage of Gympie Rotary club's plan to develop Nelson Reserve as a park. Club spokesman Mr T. Madill said that the club proposed to sell 70 trees for perimeter planting at $10 each. Species decided upon in collaboration with the district Forester, Mr R. Doggrell were Rose gum, Moreton Bay ash, Jacaranda, Flame tree, Pink kurrajong, Cassia Brewster (Gympie's floral emblem) and Silky oak. Mr Madill said that a plan of the park showing the location of the trees was on display at Mr W.B. Stalley's premises.
100 YEARS AGO
NEWS was received on Tuesday that Lance-Corporal W. Campbell, 15th Battalion had been killed in action on April 11th. Before enlisting the deceased kept a barber's saloon in Tozer Street. He leaves a widow and young child.
ALDERMAN W.G. Ambrose, acting for the Deputy Mayor, Ald S.D. Weller yesterday received word from the Defence Department that the death had occurred of Private Charles Waller in an isolation hospital, Egypt from cerebro-spinal meningitis. The sad news was conveyed to his mother, Mrs B. O'Regan, by the Rev. A.T. Craswell.
SEVERAL communications from Gympie soldiers at the front are to hand. Mrs North has received word that her husband is in France, and Mrs F. Bauer, Noosa Road, received a cable from her son Lance-Corporal W.A. Bauer, advising her of his safe arrival at Salisbury Plain on April 13. Mrs Currant, of Wotton Hill and late of Gunalda has received a letter from her son at the front, Private S.J. Currant under date February 7, in which he advises that he was getting along well. He had just received parcels (socks and tobacco) from home, which should have reached him at Christmas.