What made the headlines 25, 50 and 100 years ago
25 YEARS AGO
GYMPIE opera singer Karyn De Vere hopes to achieve the highlight of an already successful career this weekend. Karyn, 31, is in Melbourne for the Shell Covent Garden Scholarship staged in conjunction with the Australian Opera Foundation. Yesterday she left the Melawondi property she shares with husband Chris and daughter Emma, 4, to be flown south courtesy of the Opera Foundation. If successful against nine of the nation's best opera singers, Karyn and family will be heading for London in August where she will take up a 12 month contract with Covent Garden.
50 YEARS AGO
HISTORY was made in Gympie district stud beef cattle circles on Tuesday when 44 head of pure bred Brahman stock left by special train on a journey which will take them across the continent. They will eventually form the nucleus of a Braham stud on a large cattle property near Broome, Western Australia. The cattle were selected three months ago by an agent for Nor-west Development Co. of Broome. Since then they have been depastured at Spring Valley Stud where they were treated for various animal diseases and underwent regular dippings to conform to DPI requirements. Veterinary surgeon, Mr Ted Fisher, was in charge of the veterinary side of operations. All these precautionary methods entailed a tremendous amount of work but resulted in each animal carrying a disease-free certificate. Nor-West Development Company of Broome control the two stations, Leopold and Needa, which run 25,000 head of cattle.
WIDGEE Shire Council decided yesterday to contribute an additional $200 to the Gympie Cemetery Trust to relieve its financial difficulties. This action was taken after a letter had been received from the trust stating that a review of the budget for the 1966-67 financial year indicated that the trust would have a deficit of an estimated $446. The main factor contributing to this deficit was a decrease in burial receipts, it now being estimated that these would amount to $6255 as against the original estimate of $7000. The number of burials for this year had shown a decline over those of the past few years.
100 YEARS AGO
AS THE supply of food for the men in the trenches is not as plentiful as could be desired, the One Mile Red Cross Society intends holding a euchre tournament and dance in the Hibernian Hall next Tuesday, 5th June. Admission by 10c or a tin of food valued not less than 10c. Gifts of preserved fruits, meat, fish, milk, cheese, jam, etc. will be very acceptable.
MR AND Mrs Roots of Long Flat have received a letter from their son Driver William Roots, dated March 11, in which he mentions that he was awaiting his discharge from the hospital after which he would obtain his 14 days' furlough. He then hoped to have a good time seeing the sights of London, and after that he supposed it would not be long before he would be back at the front and having 'another go at the enemy'. He enclosed some interesting photographic snapshots.
THE Mayor has been advised by the Defence authorities that Private William D. Jones of the 15th Battalion, died of dysentery on 31st January whilst a prisoner of war in Africa. The young soldier, who has given his life for his country is a son of Mr W.C. Jones.