What made the news 25, 50 and 100 years ago
25 YEARS AGO
GYMPIE'S first school teacher Mary Helen Touchburn will be remembered with a memorial stone placed in her honour at the mining museum.
Local historian Ailsa Dawson and two of Ms Touchburn's relatives chose the stone from the Widgee Quarry. Great grand-daughter Margaret Curtis Teunissen and her daughter Carla, both from Sydney are presently tracing their family's history and would welcome any support from the community.
Ms Touchburn eventually settled in the area and married a Gympie mining pioneer, Mark Curtis. Mrs Curtis Teunissen said the couple had eight children - Helen, Henry, Agnes, Benjamin, Davey, Mark and twins Alice and Emily.
THREE residents from the Gympie region were presented with the Order of Australia Medals recently.
Des Rickards and Horrie Ham of Gympie were presented with their medals for ongoing service to the community at a special presentation ceremony at Parliament House in Brisbane last month.
Also presented with an OAM was Chris Fenton of Amamoor. Mr Fenton received his medal for his service to the Army as a Warrant Officer Class 1, Ceremonial Victoria Barracks, Sydney.
Mr Fenton is formerly of Sydney and had been living in the area for only five months when he was awarded the OAM.
50 YEARS AGO
THIS week a quick trip from Gympie to board a ship in Moreton Bay was the unexpected experience of globe-trotting veterinarian and alderman Owen Johnston.
The ship, owned by the Clausen Line of Denmark, is bound for Okinawa with a cargo of cattle for slaughter. Ald Johnston in his professional capacity has made similar trips for the company to Kuwait and Okinawa in the past four years.
This time however, he had no inkling of an impending overseas journey until he received a phone call about midday on Wednesday asking him to meet a pilot boat and board the 6000 ton Clara Clausen in Moreton Bay.
THE winners of the Gympie Lions Club's Youth of the Year contest held in the Town Hall on Wednesday night were winners Paul Loane (1st ), Tom Hulett (2nd) and Ted McArdle (3rd ). The Lions' President, Mr L. Hanlon presented the award to the three competitors.
100 YEARS AGO
BY YESTERDAY'S English mail Mrs Jas Macdonnell, South Side, received a sympathetic letter from Capt. Patterson, 'at the front.' in France in which he said, "It is my sad duty to tell you of your son's death, Private Neil McDonnell of the 11th Australian Machine Gun Company. He was just a dear brave boy and we all loved hm. He had a great future before him and was to have gone to a cadet school for his commission, but the great of Battle saw otherwise. Oh Mrs Macdonnell if you could see the awful ravages of the Hun and the plight of thousands of Belgium and French mothers and little ones you would realise he had not died in vain in stemming the awful tide of German invasion. I am proud to have done a little with such men as your son and to realize there are Australian mothers such as you”.
THE many personal friends of Lieutenant Jim Glasgow of Red Gill Gympie will be sorry to hear that the shrapnel wounds he received in France in March have necessitated the amputation of the right leg below the knee. Latest advices are that he is progressing favourably.