Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Fraser Coast Ambulance Service - started in 1897 in Maryborough


The Maryborough Ambulance Transport Brigade was formed in 1897 and operated from the store of a local chemist named Field Evans Smith.  Original photograph Maryborough Wide Bay & Burnett Historical Society.
In 1897, the members of the Medical Staff Corps decided, due to numerous calls for their service to form a Local Ambulance Transport Brigade.They relied completely on public subscriptions and donations. In their first year they attended 26 cases mostly from the country. The first annual meeting can be found here 
The annual report of the year ended April 1902 reported 46 cases and 113 cases of transport in Maryborough and 41 cases from the Pialba Branch.
The Maryborough Branch was overseen by Super Intendent F.E. Smith a well known local chemist and Deputy Superintendent Bearkly and the Pialba Branch was overseen by Superintendent W.H. Brown.
Gathering of Hervey Bay Ambulance superintendents many decades later. The Ambulance service at Hervey Bay had expanded considerably by this time. There were now many SuperIntendents having started with one SuperIntendent W.H. Brown in 1902. This image is part of the Fraser Coast Library Christiansen Collection.
This article in Trove found here also talks of the intention to have an Ambulance Service run out of Biggenden and the need for police to be trained in first aid. They continued to grow and eventually started services at Howard, Miva, Tiaro, Bauple and Kingaroy.
Ambulance Bearer Edwin (Ted) Simpson
Ambulance Bearer George Tregea
Ambulance Bearer Christoper (Gus) Loose
Were any of your relatives paramedics?

The Maryborough Ambulance Transport Brigade operated from Field Evans Smith's chemist store. The service outgrew these premises and in 1913 calls for a new building were made. The information in the Chronicle regarding this can be found here

The Lovell Children with a stretcher, 1914.

On the 14th August, 1915 the new ambulance building was opened in Adelaide Street by Mayor Alderman J. Blackley. A motto inscribed around a large cross Ever Ready for Love and Life  drew considerable interest found here
The second ambulance building located in Adelaide Street.


In 1932 the Ambulance Service was moved to newly erected premises at the Maryborough Hospital and has remained there since. The Ambulance Service came under the control of the Hospital Board and the old premises became used for transportation of sick patients. The Chronicle article detailing this can be found here 

Maryborough's First Ambulance Vehicle
Can you imagine being taken to hospital on a horse and cart?

Tags #Maryborough #Pialba #ambulance #stretchers #hospital #biggenden 

Source: Trove Digitised Newspapers http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/?q=

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Maryborough Fire Brigade

This photograph shows the men of the Maryborough Fire Brigade with the original hand pump used to fight fires (centre of the photograph). The appliances on each side were purchased later and used steam-powered pumps that were built in England. The Maryborough Fire Brigade purchased their first horse-drawn, steam-powered pump in 1885 and the machine was named Progress because it was the most modern machine of its type in Australia at that time.  Photo Courtesy of Maryborough Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society Inc.
The Maryborough Fire Brigade was formed in July 1882. This was after a fire in 1876 was fought with very little other than buckets and equipment. The Maryborough Municipal Council donated 50 pounds and land in Lennox Street near Kent Street. In 1952 Mr J.B. Raverty bought the original Fire Station and had it demolished.

Maryborough Fire Brigade now Commonwealth Bank Site. Old army drill hall on left - Upton and Co. Engineers. Left Morris Engine; Alex Dawson, Arthur Dowlands, Dave Whyte (Driver), Percy Gick, Arthur Heap, Joe Kenny. Right; Allday and Incous Engine. Bill Whitthrop, Cecil Ambrose, Arthur Polhmann (Driver) Alex Gick, George Horn, George Thomas.
Photo Courtesy of Maryborough Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society Inc.

A new Fire Station was built in 1951 and built on the corner of Alice and Lennox Streets on the site of the very first Primary School.

Do you know anything about the Fire Station?

#firebrigade #maryborough

Source: Trove and Footprints in Time.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Scarness…the Entertainment Area of Hervey Bay.

John Andersen and his wife Lynette ran the fun parlour for decades in Scarness. 
John Andersen's family were integral to the early years of Hervey Bay. The following is a reflection by John of Scarness:
As the town of Hervey Bay developed after the railway line to Pialba was completed in 1896, the small hamlets of Point Vernon, Pialba, Scarness, Torquay and Urangan were separate identities. Up until as late as the 1960s, Main Street  Pialba was the shopping area of the Bay and Scarness was the entertainment area.
Holiday makers and locals alike would flock to Scarness during school holiday periods and festive occasions to enjoy the many attractions on offer. With the great sandy beach, jetty, shark proof swimming enclosure, large shady camping area on the beach, tennis court for night tennis, three picture theatres, dance hall, fun parlour, outdoor skating rink, carnivals, milk bars and cafes, the Scarborough Hotel (now the Beach House) and numerous boarding houses; Scarness indeed was the place to be!
In this story, we look at two of these attractions… Haddows Hall and the skating rink.
Scarness Fun Parlour
Haddows Hall was built by the Haddow family at 348 Esplanade, Scarness as an extension to their large Café, Newsagency and Billiard Rooms in the early 1930s. Built as a dance hall, it went on to be used as a venue for a great variety of purposes including the Fun Parlour which operated for over 45 years and became an iconic attraction in Scarness. It was operated by John Andersen, (grandson of George and Ida Haddow snrs) and his wife Lynette. With mini-golf, penny arcade machines, slot cars, pool tables, pinballs and juke box, the family friendly attraction saw three generations of families enjoying the thrills on offer. Unlike the electronic world of today, people still recall the excitement of actually inserting a penny (cent) into an arcade machine and playing. We still meet many people today, eager to recall their experiences in the Scarness Fun Parlour.
Scarness Skating Rink
In the 1930s, a wooden floored skating rink was built right on the beach front at Scarness. It was acquired by George Haddow jnr, who operated the Rink for some 60 years right through to 1990. After World War two, steel plates replaced the wooden floor and in the late 1950s, the old building was replaced with a new building and a concrete skating floor. Over the years, with splinters from the wooded floor, cuts, bruises and rust from the steel floor and broken wrists and arms from the concrete floor, people young and old flocked to strap on their rented Chicago skates and spend hours circling the rink, playing games and enjoying the sea breezes and views. Unlike today’s world, not once, in all of that time, did anyone blame the owner for causing broken limbs or splinters! Visitors were happy to sit in the gallery for hours and watch the excitement as newcomers learnt how to skate. Fancy dress carnivals over holiday periods were always a great attraction and it was always amazing to see the ingenuity of holiday makers improvising to create costume masterpieces!
The days of camping in canvas tents, with no electricity and cold showers have been replaced by modern caravans and ultra-modern units, but I doubt if today’s holiday makers experience the fun and games of yesteryear and will never know how much their forebears enjoyed Scarness, by the Sea.

John Andersen is a fifth generation local and historian for Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum. The opening hours for entire museum are  Friday and Saturday 1pm to 4.30pm,  Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm. It is open all Queensland school holidays and public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday. The entry price Adults $10.00 Children (under 16) $3.00.  Children under school age free.

Published with consent from John Andersen.

Tags #scarness #HerveyBay #frasercoast #skatingrink #haddows #funparlour #museum #historical

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Local Studies Meeting - Maryborough Library

Trevor Spohr (second left), Fraser Coast Council's Arts and Cultural Development Officer explaining the Story Trails project.
On the 23rd of August, 2017 Fraser Coast Libraries held the Local Studies Meeting at Maryborough Library. The Local Studies group is a large network of librarians across Queensland that meet and link up to share information that is used to improve local history collections and processes.Jane Harding attended from Noosa Library Service. Beth Wilson and Lisa Ryan from Gympie Regional Libraries also attended.Part of the sessions were recorded and will be soon be available on our YouTube channel.
Councillor George Seymour presented an overview of Local History activities in this area found here.
Councillor George Seymour conducting a talk regarding the libraries local history events
Trevor Spohr, Fraser Coast Council's Arts and Cultural Development Officer provided a guided insight into the Fraser Coast Council's Story Trails Project.
Deb McCall - Fraser Coast Library Technician , Ken Brooks- President of the Wide Bay Burnett Historical Society Inc and Beth Wilson from Gympie Regional Libraries try out the matchmaking machine located on the Maryborough Story Trail.

Lisa Ryan, Trevor Spohr, Kathy Shilvock, Jane Harding and Beth Wilson at the Bond Store Museum.
This included a visit to the Bond Store Museum, Gatakers Artspace and the Portside Precinct.
Maryborough, Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society Inc Collection in the School of Arts,Maryborough.Qld.
Library Technician Deb McCall checking the old library collection at the School of Arts, Maryborough, Qld.
Ken Brooks, President of the Maryborough, Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society Inc and curator of Brennan and Geraghty's store provided a tour of the School of Arts which houses the Historical Society's collection. Ken also discussed the Historical Society's partnership with the Fraser Coast Libraries and the shared vision for digitising the 16000 or more hardcopy images in the society's collection. Some of these images can be found on our V Gallery .

A round table discussion of the other librarian's projects revealed that a vast variety of projects are taking place across the regions.

The opportunity to share knowledge will ensure continual improvement to the quality of and access to our collections.

What is your favourite museum in the area?

Tags #Maryborough #museums #storytrails #collections #digitisation #portside #bondstore

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hervey Bay Theatres

Bryant Street Theatre, Pialba Hervey Bay.
Going to the movie theatre at Hervey Bay was a popular past time. The holiday haven had a number theatres. A reader remembers lazy, hazy sun drenched holidays full of beach jaunts with cousin, friends, aunts and uncles in tow. A trip to the theatre was a special treat after the sunburn and salt left children looking forward to the cool shade and dark of its depths. 
This theatre had an interesting life. John Andersen from the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum has told us it was originally located in Bryant Street, Pialba. It was the Public Hall Theatre. John tells us "It was later moved to the Vernon Hotel in Watson Street around the 1920s and was to become a dance hall". Unfortunately, this dream never eventuated. The building stayed vacant for a long time and then was turned into the Seaview Theatre by Vic Dougan.

Do you remember attending the theatre at this venue?

Did you go to the theatre at another location at the Bay?

We would love to hear your stories.

Published with consent from John Andersen

Tags #herveybay #theatre #holidays #beach #fun 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Hail Storm Catastrophe

Kent and Adelaide Streets, Maryborough during a hail storm, August 1924.Original photograph Maryborough Wide Bay & Burnett Historical Society.
Hailstorms have been a regular occurrence on the Fraser Coast. A reader recalls being at the Maryborough pool with her sister when the sky became an eerie green. It was the ominous harbinger of a storm that is still recalled with uneasiness by many locals. Thankfully, the reader was quickly ushered home by her mother. This was the hailstorm of the 17th December,1966.The reader remembers, with trepidation, hailstones bigger than softballs smashing through the side windows of her house at high velocity. The houses all around had walls, rooves and windows dented, damaged and destroyed by the storm that, at its peak, was vociferous.

The Maryborough Chronicle  (17th of December 1996) reports that based on 1966 values there was $100 000 worth of damage inflicted on the city. The Maryborough Base Hospital and the Wahroonga Retirement Village needed their windows and rooves replaced. Local schools experienced window and roof damage. St Mary's Catholic Church and Walker Street Methodist Churches did not escape the storm's fury. Even the Metereorological station was damaged and was out of use for a brief time.

Do you have memories of the Great Hail Storm of 1966?

Other hailstorm events can be found here:
5th December 1903
30th December 1909
22nd November 1956

Tags #hailstorm #maryborough #stormevent #damage #1966 #1924

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Gundiah Gazette - Tiaro's Sons - Edward John Larkin

Edward John Larkin 
The Gundiah Gazette runs a column called Tiaro's Sons written by Trevor Keightley.
This is the latest edition of the column:
Edward John Larkin Private AIF, #2921A WW1 7th Reinforcement, 52nd Battalian AIF The Gazette previously published research on Ernest W. Larkins in February 2016 but were unable to determine his connection to Bauple’s Honour Roll. There was a good reason. In searching for last month’s digger, we came across the electoral role for Tiaro South 1912 and there was the correct Mr E. Larkin. Edward John Larkin was ‘British Born’ born in Brisbane 22 August 1887 to Thomas and Catherine Larkin. The next record I have is of him residing in Bauple as a labourer. He was not married when he enlisted at age 29, in Brisbane on 7th Sept 1916. His mother, Catherine Larkin, lived in Walsh Street, Milton, Brisbane, and was listed as his next of kin and he as sole provider. He embarked on the “Marathon” for Plymouth. His service record had multiple listings of punishments for being absent without leave and/or possessing liquor. He was plagued by illness, being in and out of hospital. He was listed as dangerously ill on 9 September and ‘died of disease’, – Cerebro-Spinal Fever 10 September 1918. He was buried in the Marie Cemetery, Plot 5, RowD, Grave 6, Le Havre, France. LEST WE FORGET

For more posts of Tiaro's Sons check the Gundiah Gazette  here 

Published with consent from Trevor Keightley

Tags #Gundiah #Tiaro #WW1 #Sons #gazette