What made the headlines 25, 50 and 100 years ago
25 YEARS AGO
THE Mikado Motor Inn at Rainbow Beach has new managers. Helen and Dean Bartholemew/Bosley. Both are well known at the beach and at the Bay as previous owners of the Cockatoo Café in Tin Can Bay. Helen and Dean had planned a well-earned rest after selling the café to Kev and Jackie Collins but this was not to be. The Mikado loomed up and away they went to tackle the mighty job of running the establishment. 'Coming back was like being in a time warp, especially seeing me in an old newspaper clipping from The Gympie Times still hanging on the original notice board,' Helen said. 'The spectacular view hasn't altered, with sweeping views of the Sandy Straits, Fraser Island and the beautiful Rainbow Beach.' The Mikado restaurant is open seven days a week with a full a la carte menu while the well-stocked Rainbow Bar caters to all tastes.
POLICE staff numbers have increased from 20 to 33 in the last 12 months following a push by Gympie City Council for extra police for the city. Several aldermen lashed out at the State Government last year over inadequate police staffing levels in the Gympie district. The aldermen called for more staff to stop crime in the city before it got out of hand.
50 YEARS AGO
A TOTAL of 47,888 people are eligible to vote in the referendums in the Fisher electoral division on Saturday. This is 873 more than in the Federal election last November. There will be 181 polling places and 480 staff in Fisher division for the referendums on Saturday. Voting hours are 8am to 6pm. The Memorial Hall is not available on this occasion and has been replaced by the Surface Hill Methodist Hall. Provision has been made for electors of the sub-divisions of Kilkivan and Tiaro of the division of Wide Bay to vote at the hall as ordinary votes. Elsewhere in the city they would have to record absentee votes. The ballot paper will contain two questions with a square accompanying each in which the voter is required to insert yes or no. Failure to vote is liable to incur a maximum penalty of $10.
The questions: 1. Do you approve the proposed law for the alteration of the Constitution entitled- 'An Act to alter the Constitution so as to omit certain words relating to the People of the Aboriginal Race in any State and so that Aboriginals are to be counted in reckoning the Population'?
100 YEARS AGO
AT THE Wondai Show last week, Mr W.E. Smalley of Gympie secured eight first prizes with nine Orpingtons and Plymouth Rocks and first with a Gold Laced Wyandotte hen. Mr Smalley also had eight exhibits, Plymouth Rocks and Wyandottes at the Ipswich Show last week and gained four firsts with his poultry.
THERE was a gathering in the Parish Hall on Thursday evening last to bid farewell to Mr E. Thurecht, who has enlisted with the A.I.F. The evening was spent in dancing, combined with some very effective vocal and instrumental items. After supper which was handed round by a committee of ladies, Mr T.B. Ferguson, after congratulating the guest on the step he had taken, presented him with a handsome silver mounted pocket wallet on behalf of his friends present. Mr Thurecht briefly responded. Miss C. Byrne donated the use of the hall for the evening.