What made the headlines 25, 50 and 100 years ago
25 YEARS AGO
AFTER a 12-Month waiting period police stations in the Gympie district have leapt into the world of computers. Apple computers have been installed throughout police stations in the region making the job of police officers a little bit easier, according to District Computer Training Officer Rod Frain. The computers have taken the place of the manual typewriters that were a part of the police force for many years. The personal computers would assist police personnel with attending to correspondence and help prepare lengthy documents and give a more accurate and professional standards of work. This will save time in relation to the preparation of repetitive correspondence also.
THE Gympie Show Ball was one of the best ever, Gympie Show secretary Margaret Barker said yesterday. The $17,595 raised by this year's entrants would contribute to the building of a main pavilion. Miss Showgirl Tina Gear and Miss Junior Showgirl Rosanna Greer were crowned by last year's respective winners Fiona English and Bonnie O'Mara. About 400 people choose to remain at the ball to the end.
50 YEARS AGO
THE Governor, Sir Alan Mansfield, who is touring the Widgee Shire and the Mary Valley, visited Borumba Dam and showed keen interest in the unusual methods used in construction of the rock-filled dam wall. He was accompanied by Mr D.W. Clarkson, shire engineer, Mr Max Hodges, MLA, Cr W.N. Buchanan and the Governor's aide-de-camp, Flight. Lt. C.R. O'Reilly. The Governor had earlier paid tribute to Cr. Kidd for his 43 years of continuous service as chairman of the Shire. He also commented that this was not only a record for Queensland but for Australia, adding that Widgee Shire is apparently the best local authority area in Queensland and amid laughter said, 'the chairman told me that.'
WORD was received in Gympie this week of the death of Mr Cliff Bradley in New Zealand. Cliff, elder son of Mr and Mrs Archie Bradley was a popular sportsman in Gympie and represented the city in Rugby League. In addition to his family he is survived by his parents, brother Russ and sister Marie Schmidt, both of Gympie.
100 YEARS AGO
A WELL-attended meeting of the G.A.M. and P. Society was held last night, Mr V.H. Tozer, presiding. It was decided to accept Mr W. Allen's offer to organise a B-Grade district exhibit for the Brisbane Show and to offer prizes for sub-district exhibits at the Gympie Show. The revision of the schedule was completed and it will be issued at an early date. The growing importance of the fruit-growing industry has been recognized and a number of additional prizes are offered in the fruit section.
SUPERINTENDENT John E. Hinton of the Brisbane Central Fire Brigade paid a visit to the local fire station on Wednesday night, accompanied by Mr W.E. Burbidge, a member of the Fire Brigade Board. Supt. W.J. Smith managed to muster five members of the Gympie Brigade who gave an exhibition of turning out with the reel and a display in the street. Supt. Hinton complimented the men on their smartness and entered the following in the visitor's book: "Have just witnessed a turn-out in nine seconds, which is decidedly good working time, and one seldom beaten. The drill afterwards in the street was performed in a nice, clean and quick manner and I am of the opinion that the citizens of Gympie are to be congratulated on having such a smart brigade”.