What was making news 25, 50 and 100 years ago
25 YEARS AGO
A MILLION dollar sugar transporting equipment contract has reinforced the image of Gympie body building company, J. Smith and Sons as a leader in innovation in the industry. They will build seven B double configuration side dumping tippers for JRT Transport of Mourilyan. Smith and Sons manager Kerren Smith said the trailers were a unique design which his company had been developing over the past six years. The trailers will be used to cart bulk sugar from Tully and South Johnstone mills to the Mourilyan harbour bulk sugar terminal. The trailer combination has a gross combination weight of 59 tonnes and a legal payload of 38 tonnes.
ENVIRONMENT and Heritage Minister Pat Comben announced on Sunday that Cooloola's so-called hole in the donut has been declared a national park. Almost 10,000 hectares of State Forest were declared closed to logging almost two years ago and since then has been the subject of much debate between loggers, sawmillers and the State Government. Sawmillers who took timber from the Cooloola Coast have now lost their major wet weather area and have claimed that job losses may be the main legacy of the closure. In announcing the declaration Mr Comben said protection of the 9830 hectare former State Forest block culminated in years of effort by conservationists, particularly Bill Huxley and Dr Arthur Harrold from Noosa.
50 YEARS AGO
THE Gympie airport was not tied to any airline company as it is the Airlines Commission that fixes where the planes fly, the Mayor said on Thursday night. He was replying to Ald. Rickards during a general discussion at the first meeting for 1967 of the City Council. The Mayor, who is chairman of the Gympie Aerodrome Board was asked by Ald. Wilbraham if TAA would be interested in providing services to Gympie. The Mayor said that he couldn't answer that but thought they would be interested in the prospect.
MR AND Mrs Don Blanckensee were married in Surface Hill Methodist Church. The bride was formerly Miss Dianne Dennis, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs Dennis of Mt Gravatt. The groom is the third son of Mr and Mrs E. Blanckensee of Langshaw.
AT THE last Kilkivan Shire Council meeting they were advised that land used by the Goomeri Memorial Hospital was legally rateable. This information was in a report presented by a deputation to the Local Government Department and the Health Department regarding remission of rates on the Goomeri Hospital property together with the relative powers and authorities of the Medical Officer of Health and the Health Inspector.
100 YEARS AGO
THE new local recruiting organizer Mr J. Durham, arrived in Gympie from Nanango last week and will make his headquarters in the Town Hall. He is an old Gympie miner, and was the first to volunteer from Gympie for the Boer war. He went away again in the 2nd Light Horse at the outbreak of the present war, serving through the Gallipoli campaign and being wounded through the lungs just before the evacuation. After being in hospital in Malta and Egypt he was invalided to Australia and discharged as unfit for further service.
YESTERDAY afternoon the three young children of Mr and Mrs S.C. Jocumsen of Cooroy were admitted to the Gympie Hospital suffering from diphtheria. Later one of the trio, Carl Hans, aged 4 years died.