What made the news in Gympie 25, 50 and 100 years ago
25 YEARS AGO
AFTER 32 years as the head of the Catholic Church in the Gympie area, parish priest Dr Patrick Kenny was recently officially farewelled. Five hundred parishioners took part in a Concelebrated Mass at St Patrick's Church and later at a gathering in St Patrick's College Science Hall to wish Dr Kenny well in his retirement. Former Gympie residents Father Terry Keliher, parish priest at Annerley, and Father John Connolly who now lives in Ireland where he is second in command of the priests in the Columbans Order of Missionaries, joined Dr Kenny in celebrating the service. Both priests were educated at St Patrick's College and spent their early church life under the guidance of Dr Kenny as parish priest. During the Mass Dr Kenny's nephew Peter Kenny gave a reflection of his uncle's life within the church and the parish. Following the addresses of prominent citizens and friends Dr Kenny cut a special cake to mark the occasion and received a testimonial cheque on behalf of the parishioners.
50 YEARS AGO
GYMPIE accountant, Mr R.A.G. Saunders, has been appointed as a Government member of the Gympie Hospitals' Board. Other Government members are the Chairman Mr A.K. Andersen, S.M., Mrs A.M. Tickle, Mr W.R. Stalley and Dr L.V. Church. Mr Saunders succeeds Mr D.H. Leitch who has retired after nine years on the board. The local authorities are Gympie, Widgee, Tiaro and Kilkivan. Sitting member, Cr W.H. Kidd, M.B.E., (Widgee) is being opposed by Ald. H.S. Harris (Gympie). Board members are appointed for three years.
A PHOTOGRAPH of pupils of the Two Mile State School in November, 1918, has been forwarded by Mr J.A. Scheskie of Gladstone to the present head teacher, Mr. R. Ward. In a covering letter, Mr Scheskie said he thought the photograph would be of interest in Gympie's centenary year. The school shown in the photograph was subsequently blown over during a storm and was replaced by a new building. Mr Scheskie said that he could recognize many of the pupils and names such as Rodney, Dawson, Fryer, Dowdie, Waddell, Heilbronn, Spiller, Smith, Dean, Mulholland, Wilson, Ambrose, Adams, Fowles, Pocock, Kluver, and Chapple came readily to mind. The photograph is on display at The Times office.
100 YEARS AGO
MISS Nellie MacGuire, whose marriage with Mr P. Murphy took place during last week, was presented by the members of St Patrick's Church Choir with a handsome drawing room chair. The Very Rev. Dean Horan, in making the presentation, spoke highly of this popular young lady who is held in high regard at all times. Dean Horan joined with the members in wishing her a happy future.
MR. W.C. Jones, Calton Hill on Friday received a letter from his son Jim who was wounded on April 11 in the fighting in France. He says: "I was sent over to England with my wounds, shoulder and leg. The bullet went right through my leg and a piece of shrapnel is still in my shoulder. In an operation one piece was taken out of the shoulder blade. It will be months before I will be able to get about, but the wound is not very serious though very painful”. Private Jones is in the 47th Infantry battalion and left Gympie in January, 1916.
WILD pigeons are plentiful at Traveston this year and some good bags are reported by local and Gympie shooters.