Today in Gympie history: Pizza Hut, war effort, pool disease
These are the stories that made the Gympie Times newspapers 25, 50 and 100 years ago today.
25 YEARS AGO
GYMPIE'S Pizza Hut on the corner of the Bruce Highway and Excelsior Road is set to open its doors to the public next week. Manager Peter Southern said the 80 seat restaurant with a takeaway and home delivery service would open on Thursday, January 9. He said 33 of the 36 casual staff were local residents and one of the three managerial staff was from Gympie. The staff were currently stocking up for the opening and would have a number of 'bake-offs' before the event. These bake-offs involve casual staff learning the Pizza Hut procedures by producing pizzas for invited guests. Mr Southern, 21 years, would be one of the youngest Pizza Hut managers in Australia. Previously he was an assistant manager at Bundaberg. There are now more than 330 Pizza Hut restaurants throughout the country.
CONSTRUCTION of Imbil's new pensioner units on Island Road is set to begin in early 1992. Mary Valley RSL welfare officer Pat May yesterday said he expected the first pensioner unit duplex to be occupied by June or July. The units would enable Imbil's elderly people to stay in the town rather than move to crowded cities for accommodation. The units will be built on a block of land in Imbil which stretches from Island Road to Yabba Creek. The project is a joint initiative of the Mary Valley RSL and Widgee Shire Council. The RSL is leasing the land from Council at a nominal rate.
50 YEARS AGO
IT WAS revealed today by three local doctors that parents of children who use the local swimming pool and who have been concerned at reports of the danger of infection by venereal disease have no cause to worry. Attendances at the pool were down recently due to some extent to a rumour circulating in the city about this perceived problem. When the Government Medical Officer, Dr L.M. Outridge was asked about the possibility of a spread of the disease in this manner he said that provided chlorination of the pool was effectively carried out he considered there was no risk of anyone becoming infected. Doctors Nimmo and Lindsay also backed up the statement by the Government Medical Officer.
WATER is being released from Borumba Dam at the rate of 15 million gallons daily. This represents an increase of about two and a half million gallons per day in the past week. With the present rate of release the water level in the dam is falling about 2cms a day. The inflow is keeping pace with the loss of water through evaporation. There is definitely no shortage of water in the dam. As the dry spell continues, pumping restrictions have been imposed on Pinbarren and Pie Creeks, East Deep Creek, Widgee, Little Widgee, Station and Wonga Creeks.
100 YEARS AGO
ADVICE has been received from the Defence Department that two Deep Creek boys have been severely wounded at the front in France, Private Harry Green, son of Mr John Green and Private Fred Clark, son of Mr F. Clark. The Defence Department also notified the parents that they would be promptly informed of any change in their condition.
IT IS understood that the project of erecting a large sawmill at Imbil for which $50,000 had been placed on the estimates has been abandoned for the present. This is owing to the scarcity of money from which the Government is suffering. It will be remembered that the present State mill at Imbil was principally erected to cut the timber for the large mill.