Tom and Lyn Grady
Tom and Lyn Grady

Veteran businessman reflects on 40 years with Gympie Times

TOM Grady and his wife Lyn have become an integral part of the Gympie community, celebrating 40 years in the local property market earlier this year.

The couple, who own Tom Grady Real Estate and Rural Merchandise Store, are also celebrating almost half a century with the Gympie Times.

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Mr Grady began advertising his businesses in the Gympie Times in 1980, and sad it was sad to see the print edition come to an end as he reflected on his long history with us.

“It’s changed over the years,” he said.

“I remember when we first started out we used to write everything out with a biro and walk it up to the Gympie Times.

Tom and Lyn Grady reflected on 40 years advertising with the Gympie Times. Picture: Shane Zahner
Tom and Lyn Grady reflected on 40 years advertising with the Gympie Times. Picture: Shane Zahner

“Then they would decipher it and it was all done by hand, so it’s changed a hell of a lot.”

Mr Grady said since then he has been continuously advertising in the newspaper.

“I think I have advertised every week for the last 40 years,” he said.

“In this time it’s been like a two-way partnership,” he said.

“We believe that we’ve good to the Gympie Times, but we also feel that the Gympie Times has been a big help to our business during that time.”