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Western Echo

February 2018 ISSN 1327-676X

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2018 Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony Welcomes 46 New Aussies!

At a Ceremony marking the 24th year that The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap has hosted an Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, 46 candidates from 14 countries were welcomed as new Aussies at a community celebration in The Gap State High School’s, J A Robertson Hall. Story Page 3 more photos on pages 26 & 27.


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BUTCHER MeatU@Home Phone: 3161 5021 pg 19

CHOIR AUDITIONS Queensland Choir Phone: 3895 8188 pg 6

CHURCHES St Mark’s Anglican Church Phone: 3300 1502 pg 9

CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY Ashgrove/The Gap Rotary Phone: 3300 1071 pg 3

CLUBS/GROUPS Taylor Range Country Club Phone:3366 1560 pg 13

LIFE COACHING EMpowerMe Coaching Phone: 0417 497 797 pg 9

MASSAGE Bernard Evens Remedial & Sports Phone: 3366 9997 pg 16

MEALS ON WHEELS Meals on Wheels Ashgrove Phone: 3366 4299 pg 3

MEDICAL CENTRE Keperra Family Practice Phone: 3351 0323 pg 12


COURSES Young Minds Minds4Health Phone: 3857 0074 pg 18

DENTURES Denture Square Phone: 3189 7085 pg 17

DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE Communify Phone: 3510 2707

LAWYERS Hollingworth & Spencer Phone: 3123 5700 pg 14

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FINANCIAL ADVISOR Taylor Financial Advice & Solutions Phone:3510 1333 pg 18

GUITAR TUITION Rob’s Guitar School Phone: 3289 8020 pg 24

The Gap Piano Studio Phone: 3166 8353 pg 25



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Brisbane 7 Day Physiotherapy Phone: 3351 4388 pg 1 Physiologix Phone: 3511 1112 p g 21

PLUMBER Pandanus Contractors Phone: 3300 3934 pg 23 Plumbers We Are Phone: 3351 0016 pg 23


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POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT Kate Jones Phone: 3366 6000 Jane Prentice, MP Phone: 3378 1599

Cr. Steven Toomey Phone: 3407 1900

Ferny Hills Veterinary Surgery Phone: 3351 2122 pg 14 The Gap Veterinary Clinic Phone: 3300 1533 pg 15

WEIGHT LOSS Winning with Food Phone: 0403 085 640 pg 21

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PSYCHOLOGIST Proactive Phone: 0411 036 297 pg 20 Young Minds Minds4Health Phone: 3857 0074 pg 18

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Local Ceremony Hosted by Rotarians Welcomes New Aussies on Australia Day 2018 Local residents gathered on Australia Day January 25 to celebrate the receiving of Australian Citizenship by 46 - 30 adults and 16 children candidates who pledged their allegiance to Australia in a moving ceremony conducted by Cr Steven Toomey who was the Presiding Officer. The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap hosted the event, the 24th successive year it has done so, held this year at the JA Robertson Hall at The Gap State High School. The 2018 Australian Citizenship Candidates come from 14 countries: Canada, Finland, Germany, HKSAR of the PRC (Hong Kong), India, Republic of South Korea, Malaysia, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. To c o m m e n c e t h e c e r e m o n y, f l a g b e a r e r s marched into the hall and placed the flags on stage. Flag bearers (pictured below) were Scarlett Brickwood Brisbane Girls Grammar carrying the Main Australian flag; Olivia Hill Mount Saint Michael’s College carrying the Rotary International flag, Laura Buchanan carrying

the Aboriginal flag, Rebecca Lupton carrying the City of Brisbane flag; Essie Meehan carrying the Queensland flag and Caitlin Davidson carrying the Lead Australian flag. Caitlin is president of The Gap State High School Interact Club 2018, Essie is the 2018 Vice-President, Rebecca is the Secretary, and Laura is the Treasurer. Olivia and Scarlett were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ashgrove The Gap to attend the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) in August 2017 Following a brief introduction from MC Ritchie Callaghan, Ashgrove /The Gap President John Russell gave an official welcome. Rotary’s District Governor 9600 John Lane and Hon. Kate Jones addressed those assembled for the ceremony. Cr Toomey read the Minister’s message to the candidates and then proceeded to administer the oath/affirmation to each candidate individually or as a family. Entertainment was provided by the Royal Bounty Bush Band, who have participated in many of the ceremonies over the past 24 years. Mrs. Olwen Narbey, a

Flag Bearers Scarlett Brickwood, Brisbane Girls Grammar, Olivia Hill, Mt St Michael’s, Laura Buchanan, Rebecca Lupton, Essie Meehan and Caitlin Davidson - The Gap State High School


Joe, Sam, Olwen - who received her Australian Citizenship at the Australia Day ceremony - and Ben Narbey, with (at back) Cr Steven Toomey, Tony Narbey and Hon. Kate Jones

teacher at Ithaca Creek State School and coordinator of the Fish Creek 4061 environmental program which has been a huge success at Hilder Road State School was one of the new Aussies inducted at the ceremony this year. The vote of thanks, on

behalf of all candidates, was given by Luan Rossouw. Following the ceremony candidates, their families, guests and members of the local community enjoyed a morning tea which featured many Aussie staples!

Inside the February Issue... Arana VIEW Club............................................................................17 Ashgrove Historical Society................................................16 Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club..........................................20 Brisbane Tramway Museum.................................................22 Chess T’Minit.......................................................................29 Enoggera Historical Society..............................................14 Federal Update - Jane Prentice........................................7 Hear and Say........................................................................12 Ithaca Probus.........................................................................29 Mitchelton Garden Club....................................................23 National Servicemen’s Association of Aust. (Qld Branch)........31 Newmarket Probus..................................................................22 Newmarket VIEW Club....................................................................31 Paten Park Native Nursery (PPNN).............................................28 Principal’s Points............................................................24 Queensland Choir...................................................................6 Qld. Family History Society.............................................24 Reflections..........................................................................30 Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap.....................................3 & 18 Seranata Singers..........................................................................28 Shed Happens for Men of Ashgrove/The Gap.......................................28 SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now)...........................................29 State Update - Kate Jones - Member for Ashgrove......................5 The Gap Anglican Church.............................................................9 The Gap Garden Club............................................................23 The Gap Historical Society...............................................14 The Gap Probus Club.............................................................18 The Gap RSL Sub Branch..................................................10 & 13 Walton Bridge/The Gap Guides.............................................25 Ward Happenings Cr Steven Toomey..................................4

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Ward Happenings with Councillor Steven Toomey Cr Toomey can be contacted at The Gap Ward Office on Phone: 3407 1900

Annual Rotary Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony 26 January 2018 The first official engagement of the year is the Australian Day Citizenship Ceremony hosted by Ashgrove/ The Gap Rotary at The Gap State High School on Australia Day. This year 46 residents became Australian citizens witnessed by family members, friends and well-wishers. Our new Australian friends took their ‘Oath of Allegiance’ and were presented with their citizenship certificates in an informal and friendly setting. This was my third Citizenship Ceremony as Presiding Officer and the 69th anniversary of Australian citizenship. I could think of no better way to celebrate Australia Day than to welcome these new citizens from many countries as they take the ‘Oath of Allegiance’ to Australia and its people. The local citizenship ceremonies have proven very popular over the years and enable new citizens and their communities to come together and celebrate this occasion.

Congratulations to all those residents who received their Citizenship on Australia Day!

The Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards The Lord Mayor’s 2018 Australia Day Awards is an annual event which recognises Brisbane’s unsung heroes and pays tribute to people in our community who have gone above and beyond to improve the lives of others. These Awards have a number of categories including Citizen of the Year, Senior and Young Citizen of the Year, Cultural Arts Awards, Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Award and Australia Day Achievements Awards. It was a privilege to attend this year ’s awards ceremony and I am delighted that three residents in The Gap Ward were honoured for their work and commitment t o o u r c o m m u n i t y. M r Richard Speechley of The Gap was recognised with the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Achievement Award for his involvement with t h e Q u e e n s l a n d Yo u t h Orchestras, the formation of the first Gap Scout Group, and

work promoting gardening, sporting and historical groups within our local community. Richard is still busy within our community and many of you would read his regular column in the Western Echo. Mr Nurdon Serico of The Gap was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Cultural Arts Award. As a well-respected Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Elder, he has had a long, strong and proud history of working to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Now retired he devotes his time to sharing and preserving his culture. We are privileged to have Uncle Nurdon living within our community where his cultural knowledge is passed on to future generations. Mr Kelvin Barfoot of Ashgrove was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Individual Award for his work in re-activating the Brisbane Habitat site in Tennis Avenue, Ashgrove. Along with the support of dedicated local volunteers the group have undertaken weeding, flood friendly planting and have installed habitat boxes to support local wildlife.

Congratulations to all the residents across Brisbane who were recipients in this year’s 2018 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards.

Mrs Philippa Jane Wightman (OAM) I would like to personally extend my congratulations to Philippa who received a OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in this year’s Australia Day Awards for her service to the community, North West Brisbane, it was well deserved. Philippa has been the owner/editor of The Western Echo since 1995 and I continue to write a monthly column, following the previous councillor, who commenced writing in the Echo in 1997. The Western Echo is a great platform for finding out what goes on in our community and allows me to inform the residents of the ward, via my column, of what is happening locally with the Council. In the days of social media there is something unique about receiving the Echo and catching up with what’s going on in the ward.

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Delighted to be with our three winners at the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Award Ceremony with Mrs Gail Barfoot who accepted the Award on behalf of her husband Kelvin Barfoot, Richard Speechley and Nurdon Serico

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Saturday 24 February 2018 The Gap: 9-11am Footpath Waterworks Rd, outside Craig Ray Solicitor Ashgrove: 12-2pm Footpath Harry Street, Corner of Stewart Road Ashgrove.


State Update

Kate Jones MP

Member for Ashgrove

Innovation Grants

Congratulations to the 17 local small businesses who will share in more than $75,000 from the Queensland Government’s latest Small Business Grants. This funding will help business wanting to grow and employ sustainably by taking advantage of new digital opportunities to access professional advice and training. If you are interested in finding out more about what grants are available for small businesses looking to grow please visit or get in touch with my local Electorate Office.

Congratulations Philippa

The recent Australia Day honours recognised many worthy people from local communities right across Australia. It was no surprise to many of us to see Western Echo Editor Philippa Wightman receive a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the community of North-West Brisbane. Philippa has given a voice to many local community groups through the Western Echo, a high quality publication that allows thousands of people to follow local organisations and find out what’s happening in their community. As a founding Member of The Gap Historical Society and a long term member of Rotary, Philippa is one of our most valued community members. Congratulations Philippa.

If there is a local matter you would like to discuss with me, please contact me.

With new Australian citizen Wei Jin Wong at the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

Community support available from the Cooper Electorate Office

With the new year comes a reminder to our local community groups that you can access a number of services from my Electorate Office. • Marquees • Raffle Prizes • Australian, Queensland, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags • Congratulatory letters for significant birthdays or anniversaries If you have a different way I can assist please get in touch with my local Electorate Office. I am always happy to support our local community groups in any way that I can.

New Contact Details

There have been changes to my local Electorate Office’s contact details due to the recent State Election. If you wish to get in touch with me the new contact details are 3554 9100 or cooper@parliament.qld.

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Call for Singers to Join the Queensland Choir

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People who love to sing are being urged to start 2018 on a high note by joining one of the state’s premier choirs, the Queensland Choir, for a year of spectacular concerts. The Queensland Choir’s chorus master Kevin Power says this year’s concert program ranges from Baroque Brilliance on April 27, with the thrilling sound of trumpets, drums and orchestra accompanying festive choral music in St Stephen’s Cathedral, to a Choral Spectacular in Brisbane City Hall on June 3 and the ever-popular Sunday Serenades in bayside Wynnum and Sandgate in August. “We will also perform one of Handel’s greatest dramatic oratorios, Samson, on October 28 at the Old Museum building in Bowen Hills, and will finish the year with our Sounds of the Season Christmas concert on December 9 at the same venue,” he says. “Singing with the Queensland Choir is a great experience and offers the opportunity to perform with top soloists and orchestras in Brisbane’s major concert venues. We sing a wide range of classical and modern works and have a lot of fun rehearsing.” ‘’Auditions are now open for anyone interested in joining the choir, which rehearses each week at New Farm, and sopranos and basses especially are encouraged to join us in 2018.” Established in 1872, the Queensland Choir has been making great choral music for more than 145 years and is renowned for its biennial Brisbane Sings Messiah performances in City Hall. “No equipment is necessary, and we are a friendly group that would welcome new members to share our love of making music, with the added bonus that singing is good for your health.” Book an audition now at, phone: 3895 8188 or email

QUEENSLAND CHOIR 2018 CONCERTS Baroque Brilliance - April 27 - St Stephen’s Cathedral Choral Spectacular - June 3 - Brisbane City Hall Sunday Serenade - August 19 - Wynnum Municipal Hall Sunday Serenade - August 26 - Sandgate Town Hall Handel Sampson - October 28 - The Old Museum

Ashgrove/The Gap 500 CARD CLUB Yes we are back playing 500 cards, we had a very enjoyable

Christmas/breakup party at The Arana Leagues Club a lot of fun had by everyone, ended the evening with trivia and a Christmas gift to take home. This is a very friendly group who enjoy playing 500 cards come along and join us. Meet every Wednesday night at 6.45pm until 10 o’clock at Ashgrove Bowls Club, Yoku Road, Ashgrove, cost $4 (no joining fee) supper included, just come along or ring Joe on 33001982 for further information. This is a very friendly group of people who enjoy playing 500! website:

Hon. Jane Prentice MP Federal Member for Ryan

Federal Update Welcome to 2018

The start of a New Year is always a good time to remind you of all the ways I can assist community groups and schools. Below I have detailed some services that may be of interest when planning your year. If you are interested in any of these services please send an email to

Marquees: I have marquees available to borrow for your school fetes and community events. Make sure to call my office well in advance to check availability and list your event on my ‘Community Calendar’ on my website ( Ryan Community Service Awards: We have many wonderful volunteers in our community and it is important to ensure their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. If there is someone in your community who you feel deserves recognition, nominate them for a Ryan Community Service Award (nomination form available on my website). Flags: If your school or community group’s flag/s need replacing, I am happy to come and present you with new ones and explain their history and significance to school students. Social Media: Our community is very supportive and inclusive. I like to share details of upcoming events on my Facebook page to let residents know what is happening locally. If you have an upcoming community event and would like some extra promotion please email my office.

Older Persons Advocacy Network

A new, free support network is now available to help older people in Ryan navigate their legal and aged care rights. The network is available to all residents aged 55 and over. Older Ryan residents, their families or carers in need of advocacy should go to or call 1800 700 600.

Welcoming new Citizens on Australia Day 2018

Australia Day

Once again, Australia Day in the Ryan electorate was busy with events and activities. I was delighted to attend several Citizenship Ceremonies organised by our local Rotary and Lions Clubs to celebrate our newest Australians.

New Cervical Cancer Test

Women in the Ryan electorate can now access a new and more effective screening test for cervical cancer. The new human papillomavirus (HPV) test will prevent up to 30 per cent more women from developing cervical cancer because it detects HPV, an early risk indicator for cervical cancer. The new test is more effective than the current Pap test so most women will only need to be tested every five years, instead of every two. The procedure to collect the sample is the same. Women who are 25 years or older should have their first Cervical Screening Test two years after their last Pap test. Women looking for more information about the new cervical cancer test can talk to their health professionals, visit or call 13 15 56.

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Ryan Seniors Urged to Take Frail Test

Ryan residents aged 65 and over are being encouraged to take a five-question online test that could help them maintain their independence and improve their health. The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Federal Member for Ryan, said the new frailty test and subsequent follow-up with a GP could help seniors lead longer, better lives and remain living in their own homes for as long possible.

“The FRAIL test reveals whether people are more at risk of frailty which can include deteriorating health and more susceptibility to falls,” Mrs Prentice said. “The good news is that there are simple interventions that can help avoid and even reverse frailty, so the sooner people heed the warning signs, the better.” Development of the new frailty test was part of

a Coalition Governmentfunded national study of the condition conducted by aged care organisation Benetas. “Completing the test takes just a minute or two, then the online facility produces a personalised letter including the results,” Mrs Prentice said. “Participants are encouraged to print this off and discuss any concerns raised with their doctor. “People can help reduce

or prevent frailty by adding more protein to their diets, taking Vitamin D supplements, increasing exercises and walking, and taking a close look at their intake of prescription medicines. “However, it is important that people talk to their GP before making any of these changes.” The FRAIL test is available through the Positive Ageing Resource Centre (PARC) website The screening tool on PARC’s website complements the individual screening and online supports available on the My Aged Care website

Carols Success!

The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap’s Carols night opened superbly with the National Servicemen’s Memorial Pipes and Drums followed by the cool jazz of the Rocus Dance Band. Unfortunately then the rains came and the concert was threatened with a wash-out. But many stayed on in Norths Hockey Clubhouuse to be with us in our disappointment only to be rewarded by a clearing sky and determined reluctance by our Carols Organiser, John Giles, not to cancel but just to wait a while longer. And fortuitously, we were able to proceed with a great night although smaller in numbers but big in enthusiasm and appreciation for a great Carols program from the ever resilient Westside Orchestra and Ignite Choir. An excellent fireworks display prepared by Rob Stevenson and crew was a super finale to the night. The lucky winner of the Gingerbread House donated by the French Patisserie at Toowong, was Jill Walton. Congratulations to Jill! We hope everybody who attended, whether for a short or until the end, will join us again for the Rotary Carols in 2018. The Western Echo February 2018 Page 8


Community generosity delivers new church facility The Gap Anglican Church has invited the local community to celebrate the official opening of a new hall at St Mark’s The Gap on Sunday 18 February at 3pm. The $1.35 million project has been 12 years in the making and made possible by the generosity of the St Mark’s congregation. Building started in May last year, and the venue was ready for use in time for Christmas services. St Mark’s Reverend Kenneth Hopper said: “The Gap Anglican Church family is extremely grateful for the new building that God has provided for them through the generosity of his people. “The new building will be used as a place for The Gap Anglican family to host its wider community family in social and spiritual activities for the varying age ranges and interests.” The new amenity replaces “the hut”, which was completed in 1922 and served as the church building until the current church was opened in 1978. The old fibro building was moved twice during its lifetime from Kaloma Road to the southern side of Waterworks Road at the junction with Settlement Road and then to its final destination on the corner of Waterworks Road and Kullaroo Street. It became both a social centre and place of worship for the community. The building was modified to accommodate this with a sanctuary located at one end that could be concealed behind folding doors and a stage area at the other. “We welcome all to the service and dedication of the new building and the social event afterward, which will include musicians from The Westside Orchestra,’ Reverend Hopper said. .

Thank You for Your Nomination! by Richard Speechley, The Gap

Many of you will know by now that on 23 January I had the unexpected pleasure of being presented with a Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Achievement Award, at a presentation ceremony at the Brisbane City Hall. Being advised of this in mid-December, it was difficult to keep it secret from family and friends until after the official announcement. I would like to sincerely thank those who submitted the application for such an award and those who supported it. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening of presentation, made all the more memorable by the fact that Nurdon Serico, a life-long friend of the past 70+ years, was also honoured with the Australia Day Cultural Arts /Award, together with Kelvin Barfoot who formed the Tennis Avenue Bush Care Group in Ashgrove and was the recipient of the Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Award. In coming months I hope to expand on the achievements which led to these great locals receiving the awards. website:

The Gap Anglican Church Invites the community to attend the formal dedication and opening of its new community ministry building on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 at 3:00pm A service inside the church will be followed by the unveiling of a plaque and refreshments and entertainment will be provided by the Westside Orchestra. Please RSVP by 11 February 2018 (for catering purposes) Ph: 3300 1502 or We invite you to visit our website :

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Medal Presentation To Paten Family for LCPL Edward Hunt Paten KIA 15 July 1917 After 100 years the medals for the late LCPL Edward Hunt Paten killed in action on 15 July 1917, were presented to Dick and Dell Paten and their family. The medals had been split up at some time and the family was only in possession of one of the two medals awarded. This medal was mounted with a replica to complete the set and mounted. The service was conducted by The Gap RSL Sub Branch led by the Vice President David Esler, a veteran of Afganistan who read the citation. Local Councillor Stephen Toomey pinned the medals on Dick Paten who was the recipient on behalf of LCPL Paten who was one of two residents from The Gap killed in action in WWI. His name is recorded on the Menin Gate in Ypres among with those of the almost fiftyfive thousand allied soldiers who lost their lives along the Ypres Salient, during the course of the war, and who have no known grave.

Citation : Edward Hunt Paten, or Ted to his family and friends, was the third son and the youngest of the eight children of Jesse and Eliza Paten. He was born on 8th May 1896 at their home Walton, no more than 100 meters from where we now stand, built on 45 acres of land bought by his pioneering grandfather from the Colonial New South Wales Government in 1858. The Cenotaph stands on the adjoining reserve and

Cr. Steve Toomey pinning the medals to Dick Paten’s lapel

as a boy, it was very much part of his home territory. It is appropriate therefore that this is a place where he is remembered twice each year and his service to the Nation formally commemorated. Te d w a s e d u c a t e d i n Brisbane at the Bowen House School and the Brisbane Grammar School. He was a good athlete and was said to be an excellent rifle shot. In a family of farmers, he probably was destined for a life on the land. He was a jackeroo on Isis Downs and Sedgeford Stations in Central Western Queensland for a time but in hot, dry and dusty times he found tailing a mob of sheep for weeks on end less than appealing. In December 1915 Ted and his brother Jesse, who was ten years his senior and engaged to be married, enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Enoggera. Ted, still in his ‘teens, was sent home to get his father’s permission, which was granted. Both were given pre-enlistment leave, to report for duty in late January. In the interim Jesse was operated on

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for appendicitis and discharged as medically unfit leaving the younger brother alone to go to war. Four days before his 20th birthday, this slightly-built boy of the Queensland bush sailed from Brisbane on 4th May 1916 on A49, the SS Seang Choon as part of the 13th Reinforcements, 25th Battalion, disembarking at Suez on 15th June. After a short time at the Tell-El-Kebir training camp in Ismailia, in late July the contingent boarded HMT Arcadian bound for England. There Ted spent the next five months training at various establishments on the Salisbury Plain, including attending formal schools of musketry and physical drill and bayonet fighting. I n S e p t e m b e r Te d transferred from the 7th to the 13th Training Battalion, the training battalion for the 49th Battalion and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. Whilst in England he was reunited with his elder sister Ness who had sailed with the Expeditionary Force in 1914 and was nursing at military hospitals there. On the last day of 1916, in the depths of a bitter winter, Ted went to war and an all too brief manhood was honed in the carnage on the Western Front. He sailed from Folkestone to France on the SS Invictor, marching into 4th A.D.B.D. at Etaples on 17th January 1917 but was not taken on the strength of the 49th until a month later because he was placed in isolation when a tent mate developed mumps. He commented on the weather: ‘It is so cold that wild ducks cannot fly off the ice – they seem too cold to fly’. His first so-called ‘stunt’ which he came through unscathed, came in early April when he spent six days in the trenches at Langnicourt, part of the action against the outpost villages to the Hindenburg

LCPL Edward Hunt Paten

Line following the taking of Bapaume by the Australians in the previous month. He wrote: ---‘Spent most of our time advancing and digging new positions, it was very hard especially as we were not getting too much tucker. --- snowed several days and we only had our sheepskin coats to keep us warm. ---. The nearest shave I had was a piece of shrapnel hit my mess tin --- strapped to my haversack. It was somewhere in this area on 8th May that Ted celebrated a wet and chilly 21st birthday and his official entry to manhood. In mid-May, the 49th moved by rail to Flanders in Belgium where Ted was assigned to a Lewis machine gun section. He took part in the hugely successful Battle of Messines in early June which reshaped the front line in the southern Ypres Salient. He escaped unscathed again, telling his parents in a letter: “...well I have been in the thick of things again but have managed to scrape through without a scratch although I received several cracks with bits of shrapnel which stung a bit but did not penetrate. (Continued on Page 12)



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Include a Hearing Test in your ‘Back to School’ checklist Shoes, uniform, books and lunch box are common items on the ‘back to school’ checklist, however one item is usually missed. With the incidence of permanent hearing loss doubling by the time a child reaches school age, Hear and Say believes a hearing test should be added to the top of the annual ‘back to school’ check list. Between 9 and 12 children per 10,000 will be born with a moderate or greater hearing loss in both ears, with another 23 children per 10,000 acquiring a hearing loss by the age of 17 through an accident, illness or other causes (Australian Hearing, 2014). The higher incidence of hearing loss as a child gets older means there is a real possibility that as many as 15% of primary school children may be affected by some level

of hearing loss (Hearing loss in Schools Study, 2005). Hear and Say’s Clinical Director, Emma Rushbrooke, explains that an annual hearing test prior to starting back at school is as important as buying that all important pair of new school shoes, and could even be extended to include the entire family as a part of the ‘back to school and work’ preparation. “In the very busy first weeks of school, issues a child might be experiencing, such as hearing loss, can sometimes go undetected. Optimal hearing is critical for listening, speech and language development, and age appropriate learning and communication skills. Even a temporary hearing loss can impact on a child’s ability to listen and learn in the classroom. Untreated

hearing loss in school –aged children can result in poor academic performance as well as developmental, behavioural and social-emotional problems. “I would recommend that, if a parent has any concerns about their child’s development, it is worth getting a hearing test done first - just to be sure. This can be done by contacting their local GP or call us at Hear and Say on 07 3850 2111 to discuss how we can help.” said Ms Rushbrooke.

Hear and Say has been operating across Queensland for more than 25 years. Helping babies, children and young adults who have developmental issues or concerns in the areas of hearing, language or speech. Since 2015, Hear and Say has delivered the ‘Hear to Learn’ school hearing screening program, which is conducted at schools across Queensland throughout the school year. For more information on Hear and Say’s programs go to www.

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I had my gas helmet completely destroyed by a bit of shrapnel which saved me from getting a smack in the ribs.” On 15th July his run of good luck came to an end when his battalion was engaged in holding the new front line near the River Lys close to the village of Ploegsteert south of Messines. Ted’s Lewis gun section suffered a direct hit from an enemy shell in the wood just east of the village. He was struck in the back by a shell fragment and died almost instantly. His body was buried on a small rise behind the front line and a wooden cross placed over his grave. In the German advance of 1918, the ground was fought over and the grave lost. His name is recorded on the Menin Gate in Ypres among those of the almost fifty-five thousand allied soldiers who lost their lives along the Ypres Salient during the course of the war who have no known grave. His death left a lasting shadow on his family and a large framed uniformed photo of him hung in the dining room at Walton until the house was demolished in 1964. His grieving parents donated one of the twelve stained glass windows in the Brisbane Grammar School War Memorial Library, opened on Armistice Day 1924, dedicated to his memory. A mango tree, A 667, was planted in his name along the Anzac Memorial Avenue to Redcliffe sponsored by the RACQ in the 1930s. Ted’s pony Toddles, left behind at Walton when he departed in 1916, remained a family pet, allowed to graze out its life in the Walton paddock, dying not far from the cenotaph in 1930. — Lest we forget — website:

The Gap RSL War Widows/Widowers Group The Gap RSL Auxiliary have recently formed The Gap War Widows group. To date we have had three successful meetings led by the President of the Citizens Auxiliary Mrs Barbara Clendinen. “This has been an exciting few months and these are an incredible group of women, I love getting together with them”said Barbara. “I have an incredibly supportive team being Lachlan, Douglas and Steve. We work well together. We have packaged up 25 packages for deployed service person and sent these overseas. This was done with the assistance with this active group of women who are in their 90’s. I would love to meet more widows at The Gap so please let me know if you are interested.” The group meets on the fourth Tuesday each month between 10-12 pm at The Gap Football Club, Glen Affric Street. There are plans to have guest speakers each meeting. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please contact Barbara Clendinen on 0428 222 038. Transport can be arranged if required. “Morning tea is provided and this is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and enjoy good food, good conversation and experiences. It is always enjoyed by those who attend.” Barbara added.

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Whether it's swimming, tennis, squash or barbecuing that takes your fancy this Summer the Taylor Range Country Club has the lot. Nestled away on the Enoggera Creek, Ashgrove you won't find a better location to spend quality time with friends and family. A limited number of memberships are currently available at very reasonable rates, so get in quick to avoid missing out. The club also has a function hall that can be booked out for a variety of occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, fitness classes and work conferences.

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The Gap Historical Society Inc. Established 2000 2018 got under way with a good turnout for the General Meeting on 13 January. The current Management Committee is headed by Jack Proctor as President, with George Stoddart as Vice, Don Willsher as Secretary, Bev McMullin as Treasurer and Maureen Hogan, Elaine Zendler, Fran Wheate, Maureen Proctor and Ken Hanrahan as Committee Members. The Committee is currently setting a program for the year and coming up with a strategy to attract more young members which are priorities for the Society. Digital preservation of historic photos kept by the Society is progressing well, and it will only be a short while before they are available on-line for the benefit of local historians and the public at large. This project is being carried out with the major assistance of a grant from the Brisbane City Council under its Brisbane History Grants Program. We welcome The Gap Yarners as another group making use of our Nullagundi Centre – there is room for more groups looking for a good meeting place!! Interested parties can contact the Secretary on 0408 012 689 or by email at deejjay36w@ Our next General Meeting will be held on Saturday 24 February at 2.00 pm – Visitors are more than welcome!! For hall bookings, enquiries about the society please call President Jack Proctor on 3300 3996, Secretary Don on 0408 012 689 or Treasurer Bev on 3481 6085 or email bevmc185@

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The society wishes you well for 2018 and advises you that its research library on the corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets has reopened and will remain so every Thursday morning from 9.30. An alternative visiting time can be arranged. Researchers, students and new members are very welcome. Guest speakers are available to address community groups and schools on the local history of the former shire of Enoggera that now covers an area between Upper Kedron and Newmarket. Entrance to the hall is wheelchair friendly. Parking is available in Trundle Street, reachable by either Glen Alva Terrace or Pratt Street. Council buses 350, 390, 598 and 599 stop adjacent to the hall and Enoggera railway station on the Ferny Grove line is two minutes walk away in the direction of Samford Road. Our four publications are available on demand as are copies of our 2018 calendar. For further enquiries phone Dave on 3366 3191. website:

The “C” Word

Cancer is the most common natural cause of death in dogs in Australia. And while the diagnosis is one that every pet lover dreads, the fact is that canine cancer is more treatable than ever before. Genetic factors lie at the heart of causing most cancers, and viruses often play a part. Unfortunately, we can’t yet do much about those factors yet, but we can help with other influences. To reduce the risk of cancer in your pet: Make sure your dog has good nutrition, weight-management and plenty of exercise. Help your dog to maintain a fit body for life. A fit dog will have a wasplike waist and a tucked-in abdomen. Feed your dog a high-quality diet made by a reputable company or a home-prepared diet prepared with the help of your veterinarian. Start with the amount of food recommended for your dog and adjust accordingly with how your pet’s body responds. Cut down on extra calories and help ensure good oral hygeine by substituting carrots as treats or by adding volume to meals with green beans. Consider adding omega-3 fatty acids (eg “Megaderm”) to reduce the risk of developing cancer, improve skin condition and joint function. Add regular exercise, and you and your dog will benefit with greater health and a closer bond. Desex your dog early in life. Speying and neutering have been shown to be an effective method of preventing cancer. Speying will almost totally prevent mammary cancer if it is done before a bitch has her first season. Choose clean living for your dog! Eliminate exposure to parasites (internal and external), environmental carcinogens such as old fashioned pesticides, passive tobacco smoke and asbestos. Each one of these factors has been suggested to increase the risk of cancer in your dog (and in you). You may do everything and still end up with a cancer diagnosis for your pet. Don’t despair. Cure rates and quality of life are improving every year. Cancer: Symptoms of disease 1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow. 6. Offensive odor. 2. Sores that do not heal. 7. Difficulty eating or swallowing. 3. Weight loss. 8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina. 4. Loss of appetite. 9. Persistent lameness or stiffness. 5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening. 10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating. If you notice any of the following symptoms, don’t waste any time getting your pet to your vet to have the problem checked out.

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Members of the Society extend our best wishes for the New Year to the community of Ashgrove and of surrounding districts. We continue in 2018 to provide a calendar of interesting topics and speakers. On Saturday, February 3, the first meeting of the Ashgrove Historical Society for 2018, Libby Black spoke about her father, Allan Stanley, a local resident who was a pioneer in the development of the plastics industry and who took an active role in the Ashgrove Bowls Club. His story was a fascinating one as it shed light not only on a local family’s history but also on the early stages of Brisbane’s industrialisation. The excursion steamer, SS Koopa, was a well-known feature of the Brisbane River for over 40 years. She linked Brisbane to Redcliffe and Bribie Island at a time when sea travel was the only possibility. Stories abound about trips aboard her, ranging from memories of School excursions to romantic night cruises. David Jones has researched the history of the SS Koopa and will present his talk entitled The Lady of the Water on Saturday March 3 in the meeting room of the Ashgrove Library. Visitors are most welcome to come to the meetings on the first Saturday of each month where the talk is followed by morning tea and a chat. Meeting time is 10am to 12 noon. Membership of the Society is $10 per person or $15 per family. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Secretary, Julie Moorhouse, on 3366 4621 or by going to the web page The Society has an extensive archival collection, some of which is stored in a special filing cabinet in the Ashgrove Library. There one can find both primary and secondary sources relating to Ashgrove’s history. Anyone interested in accessing any of the files may contact Mary de Jabrun on 3366 4662. We are always adding to the files and rely on community members for additions. Please remember that photos, stories, both oral and written are valuable sources. In the case of oral stories, we are willing to record or interview interested persons. Any documents can be scanned and returned to the owner.

Art in Bark Association ART IN BARK are having an Exhibition of paper bark frame & unframed pictures, cards Jewellery, bookmarkers etc. made from the bark of the Melaleuca trees for Sale. Date Fri. 16th and Sat. 17th March 2018. Where Doomben Race Course. Brisbane More Info Website:- Facebook. ART IN BARK will also have a display of Bark Pictures, at The Toowoomba Royal Show on 12,13 & 14 April 2018. If you are planning a trip to the Show, come and have a look! For more information please contact:- Joy 0407 178 064 Barbara 3271 2130 or Hazel 0408 157 117

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Arana VIEW Meeting March 2018 Arana VIEW Club meets on 7th March at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade Keperra, 10.30am for 11.00am start. Cost is $25.00 for the 2-course lunch and we will be having our usual lucky door and raffle prizes. All proceeds go towards supporting our “learning for Life” students and the Smith family. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Our guest speaker for March is Roly Sussex who I am sure will give us an interesting insight into “language.” Bookings are required by 4.00pm Friday 2nd March. Please contact Carol on 3355 5349.

The ladies who won the “Best Aussie Hat Competition” at our Christmas Party, left to right Carol, Loris, Jill and Margaret

Seniors Activities

Communify’s activities for seniors offer intellectual stimulation and activities in a social setting for the young at heart. Whether it’s learning how to make pasta from scratch, sushi basics, scrapbooking & craft, over 50s fitness, gentle exercise classes or transport to shopping centres, there’s something for everyone. Transport may be available to activities for eligible people. For enquiries and bookings phone us on 3510 2700.

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THE BODY PROJECT The Body Project is a four-session group program that aims to help young women, aged 14-17 years, feel better about their bodies. The program has been found to improve body satisfaction, reduce the risk of eating disorders and improve school and social functioning in young women. 14-17 years.

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The Body Project A program for 14-17yr old young women Has your daughter had body image concerns? Is she able to discern the media coverage of body beautiful? The Body Project has been developed and evaluated at Stanford University after 16 years of research. (Research has not yet been completed for young male participants) The program consists of verbal, written and behavioural activities in which participants voluntarily critique the thin beauty ideal promoted for females. The program runs for 4 x 1hr sessions, run weekly. These activities have been shown to result in decreased subscription to the “thin beauty ideal” and consequent reduction in body dissatisfaction, negative mood, dieting, and eating disorder symptoms, as well as decreased risk of future eating disorders, and improved psychosocial functioning. Young Minds and Minds4Health at The Gap are pleased to be able to offer this program. The program is being offered at The Gap Clinic for four weeks during Term 1, and also during Term 2. Term 1: Beginning Saturday 10th March for 4 weeks 8.30am to 9.30am Term 2: Beginning Saturday 5th May for 4 weeks 8.30am to 9.30am Please see advertisment at left, for booking contact details. Young Minds and Minds4Health Team

Check your interest rate! Online savings accounts have become a popular way to hold cash. They can be a flexible and competitive alternative to a term deposit, but you need to stay alert. Whilst Australians were enjoying their summer break, the four major banks have made cuts to online savings account interest rates. Over December and January, ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, and Westpac all reduced some of the rates paid on online savings accounts, so that many loyal, long-term customers will be earning less than 1% interest. The banks defend their changes, stating that this process is part of a regular review of market conditions and customer needs. However, the move seems designed to fly under the radar by keeping the headline rate intact, and maintaining or improving the advertised introductory rates that attract new customers. For example, ANZ lowered the base rate on it’s Online Saver account by 0.3% to a miserly 0.5%, whilst increasing the introductory bonus rate by the same amount, therefore maintaining an unchanged total headline rate of 2.55%. We have some ideas to solve this problem. We will be running regular, free workshops on improving your income in retirement and other topics. The next workshop will be on Wednesday the 14th of February at 10am. If you would like to attend, or discuss the implications of this interest rate change for you, please call us on 3510 1333 or email The Western Echo February 2018 Page 18


New Year – Put New Life in your Life!

Membership of all clubs goes up and down, and this includes Probus clubs. Retired residents of The Gap have a great opportunity at the moment, because vacancies have arisen for new members in the Probus Club of The Gap. If you made a New Year Resolution to get out more, meet interesting people and do interesting things, even if no longer capable of rock-climbing and marathon races, then The Gap Probus could be just the club for you Probus is a group of social clubs devoted to an “Active Retirement”. We cater for many special interests and levels of mobility. We’re non-political and non-religious. Already this year, before our first official meeting, a group has been to see Mamma Mia and we’ve had a great get-together for lunch on Australia Day. We have plans for local outings and trips further afield, theatre and concert visits (at group discount prices) and other social events. We work on the principle that sitting at home and moping by yourself is not only glum it’s also bad for you. Good company, mild physical and mental stimulation are the keys to a long and happy retirement. At less than 50 cents a week membership is the best bargain in town. We have a book group, have coffee mornings, keep track of members’ welfare and in general seek to keep life interesting. Once a month we have a general meeting, with an invited external speaker. The talk will be on a topic of particular interest, such as local history or health-related for older people. This week it’s Barry Collis on the Angel Flight patient transport volunteer aviators. If you would be interested in joining, or just giving it a try, we would welcome your enquiry. Just call our secretary Jan on 3366 2998. We meet at 2pm on the first Thursday of every month, at The Gap Baptist Church, by the traffic lights at the junction of Waterworks and Settlement Roads – handy to lots of buses, and with some spaces for car parks. Places are available – no waiting list – and we’d love to meet you.

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As is usual, the social side of Rotary came to the fore when a number of Rotarians, friends and partners from the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap attended the annual ‘kick-off’ barbeque dinner at Wilcannia Park on 10 January 2018. Wilcannia Park is the Rotary Park on Waterworks Road at Glenquarrie Place. This is a time of team building when club members have the opportunity to talk together, not only about what they do in Rotary, but about the wider activities in their lives. Many of the discussions prompt Rotary project developments that are closely associated with community needs. Whatever, the company was good, the meals enjoyable, the conversation lively, and time passed quickly before it was time to say goodnight and return home. The Wilcannia Park barbeque marks the beginning of the Rotary year with its numerous projects. The most recent project was the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, on Friday 26 January, at the Gap State High School.In 2018 46 people received Australian Citizenship at the ceremony. website:


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Our lamb is from Tasmania and prepared by Gary, Max, Eddie and Clint daily. The boys are usually preparing just after dawn to make sure you have the freshest, tastiest selections to choose from. Our valued customers appreciate the effort we go to to bring you the best as we’ve received many compliments on our variety, quality and friendly staff who are here to help you choose just the right meat or product to suit your needs!

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Lions Club of Ashgrove/The Gap

It’s not all about the cake!! Over the recent Festive

Season, many of you may have enjoyed a lovely slice of a Lions Christmas cake. Even though these delicious cakes help to raise funds and are very much part of the Lions story they are only one way in which Lions Clubs Worldwide support their communities. Another Lions Club tradition is their support for our young people; from primary age right through to adulthood. Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club has a very strong commitment to the youth of its local area; whether it be in supporting The Gap State School annual Science Expo; coordinating with The Gap State High School to run an Alpha Leos club or supporting our older Omega Leos Club. This is a fulfilling and rewarding involvement. This support of our youth was recently acknowledged at our Christmas dinner, held at the end of last year, by our President, Michael Pope, presenting to a member of our Omega Leos, Grace Walker, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for Service to the Local Community. This award is given, throughout the world, in recognition of outstanding individuals who have, through their service to Lions, shown they hold humanitarian ideas

consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. This award is named after the man who is credited with laying the groundwork for the instigation of Lions Clubs International in 1917 in Chicago, USA, and is the highest form of recognition in the Lions organisation, worldwide. G r a c e Wa l k e r m o s t certainly deserves to receive the Melvin Jones award; her accomplishments within Lions are amazing. She originally became involved with Lions when she was still a school girl by entering the Lions Youth of the Year program, representing The Gap State High School, where she won the first two levels of the competition. After finishing school she helped to start the Ashgrove /The Gap Omega Lions and was their Charter president until 2016. In 2014 Grace was accepted as a Lions International Youth Exchange Student to Club Italia and in the 2015/16 year was awarded State Leo of the Year and then went on to win National Leo of the Year in 2016. Finally, in 2017 she was named as one of the 38 International Leos of the Year. Her commitment to Lions and to working with other young people to help them to attain their goals is unquestionable. We at Ashgrove/The Gap Lions Club are very proud of her and her achievements. In the words of Melvin Jones, “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for someone else”

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President Michael Pope presenting the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award to Omega Leo Grace Walker

Grace has certainly shown this to be true and we can only hope that this advice is listened to by others, both young and old. As stated above Grace’s journey within Lions began when she entered the Youth of the Year Program. She has often credited her involvement with this program as giving her the much-needed motivation to strive to achieve. Ashgrove/ The Gap Lions Club are very supportive of this program along with three of our local high schools and, once again, we are holding this public speaking competition at the end of February. Last year’s winner, Clare Ryan, not only felt that her involvement in

this program was a highlight of her year but also stated,” My involvement in the program allowed me to build my communication skills, gain experience of interviews and meet like-minded people, some of whom I am still in touch with”. Meeting young people like Grace and Clare shows that Lions Clubs’ support of our youth helps to make being a Lions member well worthwhile. If you would like more information regarding becoming a Lions Club member please contact our membership chairperson, Peter Cooper: 3856 2390.

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The Physiologix Corner What Makes Champions? Kirsty McNab (Sports Physiotherapist) is an extremely experienced and valued member of the A u s t r a l i a n O p e n Te a m , working as one of four Tennis Australian Physiotherapist for all the female athletes competing at the Open. 2018 marks her 11th year on the job. Here she talks about some of the things that make Champions at a Tennis Grand Slam. This year I had the wonderful and very privileged experience of working with the great Billie-Jean King. This year marked her 50th year since winning the women’s singles Australian Open in 1968, one of the 39 Grand Slam Titles she won in her incredible career. As she says, great champions aren’t just made by what they do on court, but also what they do off court. Making time to give back to your profession, to supporting others less fortunate around you, to always taking time to appreciate all those that help you be where you are in life, to fight for what you believe in and put in the effort to change even the smallest thing, are all lessons I think we can learn from. What else makes these champions? Dedication and hard work are everything. Hours go into the gym and on court training. But hours also go into rehabilitation. Every minor and major ache is checked out and a routine put in place to ensure it is nipped in the bud. This means regular sports massage, self trigger pointing, pool recovery, hours of small, specific physio exercises to keep the body working perfectly, stretching sessions with the physio. Many of these athletes spend several hours a day, every day with us in the treatment rooms under Rod Laver Arena. Routine is essential. No matter what, see the physio

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first, get taped up, stretched, have tight muscles massaged, activate muscles that don’t want to work. Then warm up for tennis, then hit, then gym recovery, then eat, then massage, then rest, then start the whole process again and train again……and so it goes on. Step out of this routine and you are not keeping your body in peak form, you will not survive when everyone else is doing the routine. The mind is everything. Being able to keep all of this going even when the going is tough, is in a way what helps people step day by day through the bad times. A lot of training goes into getting the mind right as well. You have to keep learning, to keep evolving. As physios, we spend a lot of time doing breathing and relaxation work with the players. Breathing correctly makes the lower ribs and back move correctly, essential for a tennis player to be able to rotate well and to be able to get maximum oxygen in. But for a player, it helps them move freely, not locking up on court………and you can imagine how much pressure these guys are under in a Grand Slam. Keeping a strong body is the last thing I will mention. In tennis, 20% of power comes from the arm, the rest from the body. We spend hours with players analysing the biomechanics of their swing and how they move to see


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Newmarket Probus Are you retired or semi-retired? Would you like to meet other retirees and enjoy the friendship, fellowship and fun that a Probus Club provides? Probus is an association for active members of the community, and for those no longer working full time, to come together in local clubs with like-minded people for a new lease of life. Probus is a community service activity of Rotary clubs. The basic purpose is to advance intellectual and cultural interests amongst adult persons; to provide regular opportunities to progress healthy minds and active bodies through social interaction and activities, expand interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends. Probus offers many

Members of the Probus Club of Newmarket enjoying a trip to Bribie Island

member benefits to keep you young, including international and domestic travel, day trip excursions, luncheons and interest groups. The Probus Club of Newmarket Inc. meets on the

2nd Wednesday of each month from 10am – 12MD at the Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Rd, Red Hill. We are keen to attract new members and would love to hear from you if you live in

the area, and are interested in joining. Please contact Penny on 3194 1272 to express your interest or for further information.

2018 a Big Year for Tramway Museum - Celebrating 50 Years The Brisbane Tramway Museum will celebrate its 50th Anniversary this year with a number of gala events.

Got a green thumb? Green Corner Community Garden a looking for new gardeners to join our friendly group 

You can choose your own plot to grow herbs and vegetables and can join our working bees when we tend the whole garden, share garden wisdom and plant some shared crops.

These will include Night Runs to commemorate the disastrous fire in 1962 that destroyed some 62 trams when the Paddington Depot (where the Paddington Central Shopping Centre is now) burnt down, and to commemorate the running of the last tram in Brisbane in April 1969. Other celebrations will include the return to service of two historic trams which have been undergoing patient, detailed restoration for the last several years. 136 was built in 1918 and was converted to its present format some

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years later. 400 was the first of the FM (Four Motor) series and commenced service in 1938. Both trams have been extensively pulled apart and rebuilt, with special attention to things electrical. Even the intricate control mechanisms

have been refurbished, and of course, the brakes!! Once these trams are back in regular service, other trams will enter restoration, alongside Trolley Bus No 37 which is having major body work carried out. It served Brisbane from about 1951 until 1969 when the busses were phased out just ahead of the trams. The museum (and our Ferny Grove Mens’ Shed) will always welcome new volunteers, especially tradequalified members and at present, we need gardeners!! If you are interested in becoming involved – please ring us on 3351 1776. So Readers – please keep your eyes peeled for further news about the big events at the Tramway Museum coming up in the near future.

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The Gap Garden Est 1963 Club Inc. One hundred members enjoyed our end of year meeting and Christmas lunch last November, when the annual awards and trophies were presented. The Valerie Drury Trophy for Floral Art, the Elaine Smith Trophy for Horticulture, and the Joan Lister Trophy for highest points over all were all won by Narelle Richter. The Trish Bates Trophy for the highest points in produce was won by Lesley Chmiel. The Dr Jarvis Nye Trophy for the member who made the most outstanding contribution to the club’s activities for the year was awarded to Rae McDougall. Eighteen members also received Longevity certificates ranging from ten years to fifty years continuous membership. Beryl Hogan celebrates her Beryl Hogan received her fifty fifty year membership with year certificate from President trophy winner Narelle Richter. Karolyn Byrnes, along with a beautiful orchid, Beryl’s favourite plant. We look forward to another year of friendly competition from our members and seeing what their lovely gardens can produce. Our first meeting for 2018 will be at River City Church, Settlement Road, The Gap on Tuesday 27th February at 9.30am when the guest speaker will be James Lynch from Ross Evans Nursery talking about ‘Indoor Plants’. A reminder to members that annual subscription of $30 is due at our first meeting. For further information please visit our website www.the

Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Due to unforeseen circumstances the guest speaker advertised for February had to be changed. On 1st February, Kath Stumer talked about Bougainvillias. On 1st March, Ann Barton was to talk about what’s growing in her garden. Unfortunately we have to advise that Ann passed away on 21 January, 2018. The Mitchelton Garden Club are saddened by this news and send condolences to Ann’s family and friends.

Ann was a keen gardener who is always on the look-out for unusual plants. She had a great collection of these in her garden and as well as sharing interesting information. Ann was also very active with the Geranium and Pelargonium Society of Brisbane. Members are advised that the topic for the March meeting will be the same and are asked to bring along items from their gardens for discussion. Our plant world produces


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to protect them from the sun for a couple of weeks. This club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, at the junction of Pratt and Wardell Streets, on the first Thursday of the calendar month. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheel chair. The meeting commences after morning tea which is served at 9.45 a.m. Visitors and new members are most welcome. For more information, please phone the president, Pat, on 3356 1256.

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.....Principal's Points.......Principal's Points...... The Gap State High School Welcome to the 2018 school year, our enrolment numbers are continuing to climb we are now at an alltime high. On Friday 26 January the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap again held their annual Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in our hall. It was wonderful to see everyone e n j o y i n g t h e d a y, a n d representatives from our senior students who participated in the flag procession and congratulating our newest Australian Citizens. It was with great pleasure that I welcomed all our new Year 7 students, new students entering Years 9 to 12 and their families into our school community as well as welcoming back all our continuing students on Monday 22 January. On Friday 2 February we held our annual Scholars Assembly where we celebrated the successes of our 2017 students. Again our school achieved good academic results at the end of 2017 with seven OP1s, with 100% of our students receiving between OP 1 – 16. We will celebrate this at our Scholars Assembly. Congratulations to all our 2018 Senior Student Leaders who will receive their badges at a presentation on Friday 16 February 2018:

Captains – Lilli CorriasSmith and Lachlan Varley Vice Captains – Ailsa Lei and Robbie Porter International Student Captains – Mark Lin (International) and Ruby King (Domestic) Student Advisory Council Executive - Zoe Toy-Wagner, Ethan Davis, Courtney Cummings, Mehaky Dhaliwal and Sascha Kment-Flynn Arts Captains –Magali Rochat and Lachlan Wilkes Sports Captains – Sophie Watson and Patrick Stanley Environmental Captains – Ella Dickson and Angus Clark Art Leaders - Callum McNeilage, Tiffany Costello, Jazz Durbidge, Conor Brennan, Keeley Turner House Captains - Antares - Halayna Grove and Adam Donaldson, Orion - Bella Kearney and George Laugher and Rigel - Rachel Richards and Seb Tikaram Interact Executive - Caitlin Davidson, Essie Meehan, Rebecca Lupton, Laura Buchanan Leo Club Executive - Katie Reynolds, Angus Lawler, Charlie Condon, Kyla Hunter Year 9 Executive Leaders - Ruby Allen-Keeling, Tahlia Ruhle, Carla Wilson, Callum Aston, William Duffy, Daniel Quill

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Year 9 Student Leaders (Sports) - Antares - Cameron Buchanan and Ellen Francis, Orion - Dago Murrietta-Lagos and Emiliyah Hill, Rigel Austin Dyson-Wood, and Bianca Wark Anne McLauchlan - Principal

The Gap State School I would like to extend a welcome to all 584 students who started this week at The Gap State School. Along with our returning students we welcome 73 Prep students and 32 new students to our school. I am incredibly proud of the calm and focused start to 2018 with all children settled and engaged in learning from day one. Our first day included a welcome morning tea for new and returning parents.

At the end of last year we completed a whole school Quadrennial School Review and we now have a completed Strategic Plan for 2018-2021. Staff are focussed on our school vision – Advancing engaged learners and teaching teams through authentic collaboration and rich community partnerships. I am looking forward to sharing our strategic plan with the school community in the upcoming ‘Get to know your teacher’ evenings. I am incredibly proud of the students at The Gap State School. They are very respectful and kind and are focussed, diligent learners. We are going to have a wonderful year and I look forward to sharing news and celebrating our successes each month. Joanne Nicholls - Principal

Qld. Family History Society

Queensland Family History Society presents a seminar on Researching land records in Queensland When: Saturday, 3 March 2018 - 9.00 am - 12.30 pm Where: Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne Cost: $20 members and $30 non-members (includes morning tea) Presenter: Kaye Nadella has worked part-time as an archivist with the John Oxley Library and part time with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. She took up a full-time position with this department in 2004 and she was appointed senior curator of the Museum of Lands, Mapping, and Surveying in 2007 Understanding land ownership in Queensland This session describes key components of land ownership including administrative areas, property description, and tenure. Kaye will provide guidance on where to look for information on land ownership including maps, survey plans and land records. Online resources to assist with historical land research Kaye will describe a number of departmental online resources including Open Data, QImagery, QTopo, Queensland Globe and GSQ publications that can help with historical land research. With regard to Open Data and historical maps, details will be provided about the different types of maps, the types of information they can hold and how to locate them. Historical land research in action. Kaye will give examples that capture the whole researching land ownership in Queensland process bringing together the material referred to in the first two sessions website:

Walton Bridge The Gap Girl Guides (John Oxley Region) A total of 30 Girl Guides and 6 Leaders had a wonderful five days exploring the sights of Phillip Island, Victoria from 14th to 18th January 2018. Sunday - Arriving in Melbourne on our Qantas flight we were picked up by Cleeland Bus Lines and headed to Phillip Island. We spent the afternoon at the Warrook Farm and Fauna Park. After a delicious roast lunch, the girls enjoyed a wagon ride, milking cows, feed the calves, sheep shearing plus a stroll through the fauna park to see kangaroos, birds, camels etc. Arriving at The Phillip Island Scout and Guide Hall we set up our beds and settled in. Monday - Koala Conservation Centre: We strolled along treetop boardwalks and experienced wild koalas in their natural habitat and looked over the very informative koala centre. Churchill Island Heritage Farm: We stepped back in time... Met the farm animals, enjoyed the water views, strolled amongst heritage buildings and lovely gardens. Saw cow milking, blacksmithing, sheep shearing, working dog demos. Met the Clydesdale horses, highland cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens and peacocks and had a wagon ride. National Vietnam Veterans Museum: The museum contains a large collection of items and vehicles, including a Centurion tank, a Mark V International Harvester truck and a 105mm pack howitzer. With our parent’s permission, our girls are now part of the Museums video to be used for expos, school visits, demonstrations etc. Stroll around Cowes Township: Cowes, the principal township of Phillip Island, is located on the north coast. Girls enjoyed souvenir shopping at Anything Goes. BBQ & Campfire with Phillip Island Leaders, Guides and Brownies was an end to a busy day. Tuesday - We were picked up by Clarrie Cleeland (fourth generation Phillip Island man) who gave us a tiki tour around the island, taking in the sights of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Pyramid Rock, Cape Woolamai, his great grandfathers homestead plus lots of island history. Feeding the Pelicans, San Remo – Each day wild pelicans arrive to be fed by the San Remo Fishing Co-Op with an informative talk about the pelicans followed by a lunch of fish and chips from the Fish Co-Op. Erewhon Beach, Cowes for a beach walk, beach games and a quick paddle. Penguin Research Centre – We had a Penguin Eco Tour with Park Rangers Tommy and Ashley and uncovered the secret lives of penguins on our one hour tour before the Penguin Parade. The Penguin Parade - Magical, wild and so unique! This is one of Australia’s most popular wildlife attractions and every sunset, these little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle website:

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more info on: across the beach to their sand dune burrows. Phillip Island is home to one of the largest little penguin colonies in the world. A very late night for us all but well worth the visit from our underground viewing bunker, then strolled the boardwalks as these little penguins are waddling a few feet from us. Just magical!! Wednesday - Maru Koala and Animal Park: Our Ranger Ainsley met us at the gate and we ‘Got in touch with Wildlife’ by seeing koalas, emus, wombats, dingoes and more. We hand fed the albino kangaroos, talked to the parrots, met a golden possum and saw a three-meter Python snake plus many noisy peacocks. Phillip Island Chocolate Factory – One of the highlights of our trip the guides enjoyed an hour’s hand on, smelling, tasting, designing a chocolate bar plus sideshow alley games to win wooden balls which they later exchanged for a chocolate. A very popular visit. The Nobbies Centre - Showcases Australian fur seals and the unique marine life in our Southern Oceans. We strolled the boardwalks with awe-inspiring views of Phillip Island’s rugged south coast and great blowhole. Antarctic Journey – We took a virtual journey into the wonderful world of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. The guides felt the freeze as they entered the Antarctic Chill Zone before checking out their thermal image. We stood on an iceberg and saw the orca whales, seals and penguins come up to greet us with the help of the giant green screen. It was another magical moment. Thursday – Packed up, a tidy guide hall and we were off on our journey home. Bus to Melbourne and then a 2.10pm flight to Brisbane with some marvellous places seen, beautiful memories and lots of friendships made. Our sincere and warmest thanks to Sue and David Viney who live on the island for being our wonderful grocery shoppers, marvellous cooks and beautiful friends of Guiding. Girl Guides is open for girls aged five to 18 and offers activities such as outdoor activities…. camping, canoeing, abseiling, low ropes, campfires and more plus arts and crafts, badge work, games, cooking and lots more. For more information about the Girl Guides in your local area please contact Faye at Faye Lawson. Phillip Island Experience 2018. District Manager. Walton Bridge The Gap Girl Guides. The Western Echo February 2018 Page 25

2018 Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

Nicola, Mark, Annabel (front),George and James Bright Henry, Robert, (front)Logan and Orson Adam

Preeti Kaur Khera

Greig Ewart

Rianne, Charity, Yvanne, Chris, Trizsha, and Belden Alfornon

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Sung Jin Baik

Luan Rossouw, gave the vote of thanks on behalf of all the candidates at the conclusion of the citizenship ceremony


at the J.A. Robertson Hall, The Gap State High School

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Kristina Row

Hayley Johnston

Allison Anderson and husband Greg

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Shed Happens for Men The Gap/Ashgrove Inc. How quickly 2017 flew by. What a great year for Shed Happens for Men The Gap/ Ashgrove! There was a visit to Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera where Shed members were given a thorough and informative presentation of the history and current operation of the 1st Division, whilst also gaining a first-hand glimpse of the amazing modernisation within Gallipoli Barracks. There was an interview with Roland (Roly) Sussex OAM, an emeritus professor of Applied Language at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Another speaker was Brett Gow, a Director of Alex Gow Funerals and President of the Queensland Funeral Directors Association. In addition, we had Stephen Dangerfield, Business Owner Harcourts real estate office in The Gap. In July our two speakers interviewed on the night held the attention of all those attending. They were Uwe Krueger, Executive Coach & Trainer and Senior Constable

Paul Bagnall from Crime Prevention. It was extremely interesting to listen to their individual stories about their lives so far and their work and other interests. C l i f f F a r m e r, O A M and the Reverend Michael Stalley, Bachelor of Theology, Grad Dip – Ministry (with Distinction) were another two speakers interviewed. In October, we heard the story of Olympian, Cedric Dubler from The Gap, who competed for Australia at the Olympics in Brazil. Also the story of Greg Cary who has been widely recognised as one of Queensland’s most respected broadcasters. The year was then completed at the Community Shed Night by hearing about the work of Dr Catherine Olsen, Senior Researcher, Cancer Control Group at QIMR. It was interesting to hear about the past and ongoing struggle to maintain funding for this vital research. As well there was the story of, Sue-Belinda Meehan, Teacher, Linguist and Business Owner who gave us a fascinating view of her life growing up in The Gap as well as an insight into her

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career as a teacher, syllabus curriculum writer within Education Queensland and as a lecturer in teacher education at Griffith University. Our next Shed night is to be held on the 21st February 2018 in the usual place, the Scout Den in Paten Rd, The Gap, commencing with a BBQ at 6.00pm.

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Versatile hop bushes

Hop bushes (Dodonaea sp.) are so named as their colourful fruit bear a similarity to the fruits (hops) of an entirely different plant used in brewing beer. They are members of the Sapindaceae family many of which produce a Dodonaea viscosa subsp cuneata soapy chemical (saponin) in the leaves, roots and seeds. There are 69 different types of Dodonaea, of which 60 are found only in Australia in a range of different habitats. A planting including different species can produce an aesthetic feast of varied fruit colour, leaf shape and plant height. For example, although the small-leafed hop (D. triangularis) and the forest hop bush (D. triquetra) both grow to 3m, their growth pattern and foliage are quite distinctive. The former is a branching shrub with 3.5cm long leaves whose apex is toothed, the latter is an open shrub with 12cm long lance-shaped leaves. Both produce small green flowers in winter and have papery fruit. The fruit of the small-leafed hop tends to be green and is smaller than that of the forest hop bush which can range in colour from green, pink or purple. The leaves and fruit of the smaller (2 m height) D. viscosa subsp cuneata are different again. The 2.5cm long leaves have blunt ends and the fruit start off green but change to pink then reddish during the winter-spring season. Although successful in most cultivation with full or partial sun, the velvet hop bush (D. rupicola) grows well in areas that are prone to frost during winter or experience periods of extreme dry. This reflects its natural habitat of montane regions. The plant is only found in the wild in the Glasshouse Mountains (on Mt Tibrogargan and Wildhorse Mountain) and is classified as a vulnerable species. This in itself makes the plant well worth cultivating. The leaves of this species are soft, velvety and fernlike, its small flowers are pink as are the fruit. Since the velvet hop bush only grows to about a metre in height, it is ideal in rockeries or borders to plantings of taller plants. The hop bushes are significant bird-attracting plants. They provide shelter for small species, while the fruit and seeds (and the insects that feed on these) provide food for other birds. Congratulations to June Russell, the winner of the Word puzzle 2. website:

Planning for greater biodiversity In December 2017, dedicated long-term member John Abbott was elected President of Save Our Waterways Now Inc (SOWN), catchment group for Enoggera Creek. Growing up in Gordon Park with the creek in his backyard, Kedron Brook was John’s playground. In the 1980s John’s career as a regional and urban planner took him to regional Victoria where he got involved in a project called Project Branch Out. “With funding for Victoria’s 1 5 0 t h a n n i v e r s a r y, w e developed a big revegetation strategy for the whole area including a nursery to propagate plants. “When I returned to live in Ashgrove in the 1990s, I was

delighted to find out there was a similar revegetation program for Enoggera Creek and a local plant nursery,” John said. John became a regular volunteer with former SOWN coordinator Brian Sait. He’s volunteered at the SOWN Nursery for many years. Then two years ago after being elected to the SOWN management committee, John became web master for the SOWN web site. With his professional experience as a planner, John wants to see SOWN develop a catchment plan for Enoggera Creek. “There’s lots of information on the ecosystems which can be mapped. We can map what’s been done by the bushcare groups. Then we can see where the gaps are.

Ithaca Probus Club Welcomes New Members Over the past year the Ithaca Probus Club has welcomed

a number of new members who appreciated our great guest speakers and members’ outings. Last year’s speakers included Prof. Gerard Byrne who spoke on dementia and ageing, the always popular Prof, Roly Sussex on the evolution of the English language, Annabel Lloyd, City Archivist and finally Club President Dr David Smith who spoke from personal experience on South Africa under Apartheid. February Guest Speaker, Bardon Optometrist, Julie Newport, will speak on the three major diseases of the eye. Outings in 2017 have included a tour of the Bay Islands with lunch on Murray Island, a tour of QIMR Berghofer, a guided walking tour of Chinatown and a visit to Redcliffe – including the Bee Gees Walk. Our first major outing was to Stanthorpe and Tenterfield in March where we visited local wineries and other places of interest. The second was to Yamba in October where we saw the sights of Yamba, Maclean and Grafton, including the beautiful Grafton jacarandas at festival time. New members Hugh and Janet Rodd have not regretted their decision to join the Ithaca Probus Club. As Hugh Rodd said, “We have been impressed by the Ithaca Probus Club articles we read in the Western Echo and decided to attend a club general meeting early last year. We have since enjoyed a number of club outings, dine-outs and some great guest speakers. We were pleased to be inducted to full membership of the Ithaca Probus Club at the July General Meeting. We have been made very welcome and enjoy a number of new friendships. The Probus motto is: “Fun, Friendship and Fellowship” and Ithaca Probus fulfils this criteria”. If you are interested in joining us at our first club meeting in February or any other meeting in 2018 as a guest or as a prospective member, please phone our Club Membership Officer, Anne Evans Ph (0402) 630 993. website:

John Abbott, President of Save Our Waterways Now PHOTO: Anne Jones

“ We w a n t t o s e e a n increase in biodiversity. By expanding the SOWN Nursery to propagate rare and threatened plants we can get greater diversity back into our plantings,” he said. John would also like to form a group of volunteers who could move around the catchment assisting other groups and dealing with

emerging issues. “Sort of like Wandering Weeders but not only weeding, more like a SWAT team,” he said. To f i n d o u t m o r e about SOWN, go to www. au. As the new President says, “It’s a great group to be involved with.”

CHESS T'MINIT with The Gap Chess Club Social play has recommenced at the Gap Chess Club in February in the lead up to the Flood Cup, the club’s premier tournament which will be played from March to May. The 2017 year wrapped up with the 2017 QLD Teams Championship, contested by an impressive 22 teams. Club member Andrew Mathers played in the appropriately named “Excessive Epicness” team which finished in 2nd place, just behind the mercurial Bullwinkle Club. The Gap Chess Club (affiliated with the Chess Association of Queensland) meets at 8.00pm on Friday nights at Room B6, The Gap State High School. New members are welcome. All standards are catered for, whether you wish to play socially, or in our tournament play. For further details contact Andrew Robinson on 3862-8178 or visit the club’s website at: http://www. .

The position for this month’s problem asks to find checkmate for white in 2 moves. For a solution for this months and many previous chess puzzles, visit http:// chess_problems/puzzle_index. htm . Solution to last month’s puzzle: 1 Kxe1 is necessary or otherwise Black’s knight can move and a new queen formed. After this black can only shuffle the queen back and forward, leaving white to (eventually) checkmate on c3. If white hurries and plays 2. h4 (after 1 … Qa1) the position is at best a draw for white, but after 2. h3! a win is possible.

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Face Reflections... Changing of our Suburb by Richard Speechley

Back in May to August 2016, I wrote articles on the visions I recalled in riding my push-bike as a young teen, from the home of our teacher Mr John Gall, who lived at West Ashgrove. Mr Gall allowed Gap folk to leave their bikes at his home prior to catching the tram into town. My articles covered the topography of my journey from there to my home in The Gap and out to the Enoggera Reservoir. Waterworks Road was then only a narrow twoway road and all side roads were unsealed – including Orchard Road, Bailey Road, Greenlanes Road, Bennett Road, Payne Road, Settlement Road, School Road and Hilder Road being the only side roads off Waterworks Road – apart from a couple of bush tracks, one at Walton Bridge Reserve servicing the Smith families above Fish Creek. Nowadays, as I pass where my teacher lived, at the right turn to the top of Ashgrove hill, the stand-alone shop of Morton the butcher is gone, the top-quality fruit shop of Syd Ingham, which occupied a section of the Victory Store or Nicheles Store opposite is gone, replaced by a group of modern shops with parking for cars. The tram line and terminus is no longer in front of the now Uniting Church Hall. The outward Waterworks Road is now one-way with an up-road to its right proceeding along the now-named Glory Street, which links up again with Waterworks Road near Glenlyon Drive. Interestingly this area of land was my uncles, Wilfred Knights Chapman, a farm which in 1934 was acquired by Council to extend the tram-line from Oleander Drive to West Ashgrove. At the foot of the hill, on the left, is now the complex

known as “Chandler’s Corner” with the Mater Dei School and church further back. I recall Mr Chandler as a rotund, jolly man who camped with his family each year of the Christmas holidays, not too far from our family tent at Scarborough on the Redcliffe peninsula. If playing cricket on the sand, the arrival of the ice-cream van would see us shouted a cone. The bridge on the right spanning Enoggera Creek to give access to St John’s Wood is much higher than it once was. The beautiful rainforest that now extends a few hundred metres along the creek edge is a result of the tree planting by the boys of The Gap Apex Club of about 30 years ago. On the left, Orchard Road has now been re-named Firhill Street, and the recently refurbished parking area to the Baptist Church now offers a better view to traffic exiting Firhill Street onto Waterworks Road. At the time of the Heyes family purchasing the property in 1924 a small orchard existed (hence the name). Mr Heyes was a tramway inspector and his wife developed a small poultry farm and kept a house cow. Further along, on the right, is Greenlanes Road, which led originally to the strawberry farm on the Gridley family and in the late 1940s to Greenlanes Picnic Ground and Pool. Down this lane walked many picnickers to enjoy a good time. Becoming in 1971 the Taylor Range Country Club, the area has now become a Mecca to many local families. A little further west, on the left hand side, (now Glenquarrie Place) was a small track leading to a quarry with a small office to the right, fronting Waterworks Road. A horse trough existed next to the Castley small store opposite.

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The Quarry Cottage - Bennett Road, The Gap circa 1930

A little further west, what was known as “the cutting” has now been give the blue-stone treatment by very efficient tradesmen givinf it a grand entry to our suburb. The blue-stone is a product of the Brisbane City Council Quarry at Mt Coot-tha. Just through the cutting, on the right, was Mason’s Jam Factory – another building replaced by housing. To the left and in the dip was a dam from which water was used for the growing of gerberas by the Amos family. The garden existed well up the hill. Today a house exists on the site of the dam. The huge gum tree nearby, with a ‘firewood for sale’ sign has been a landmark all my life. Next on the right is Bennett Road which leads down past the golf links and across the now-named Cowan’s Crossing was the road I trod as a teenager and until my marriage in 1956. Over the crossing a road to the right led up to a double gate, locked at night and opened in the morning by my Mum, who was appointed caretaker following my father’s death. This road led to the

Brisbane City Council Quarry, crusher and office hut, while nearby was a privately owned smelting works. We lived in a house known as The Quarry Cottage. If the wind blew from the east, the smell of the smelting works was on-thenose, as car batteries were broken up and the lead boiled down, to be made into ingots which were very heavy. The quarry closed not too long after the smelting works ceased operating and was then used as a BMX track, a Police Pistol Club and finally filled in as a dump. The smelting works did have a telephone box where we, as a family, could receive calls if told ahead of time what time a call would be coming through, and were then able to be nearby when it rang. The house was about 200 metres from the works, so out-going calls were not a problem and family events such as births, deaths, parties etc all were advised on the phone in the bush. The golf links now exists across this whole area and I can still visualise the family home in such a beautiful setting.

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Newmarket VIEW Club

‘Voice, Interests and Education of Women’ Newmarket VIEW Club celebrates our 10th Anniversary in June 2018. The next luncheon meeting is Tuesday 27th February, and our guest speaker will be Sue Bain, Team Leader at Grange Library. We would love more members to join our Club; why not bring along a friend to our luncheon meeting? For those ladies wishing to join the Club, the joining fee is $20 and the annual subscription $20. A new member receives a laminated VIEW name badge, an Introduction to VIEW booklet, and two VIEW magazines annually, as well as our monthly Club Newsletter. Help us to extend friendship to all! The Newmarket VIEW Club, Brisbane, is a small, friendly club seeking community-minded women. VIEW members come from all walks of life, and we would be delighted if you would like to join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for disadvantaged young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our Lunch Meetings and perhaps in time, you may like to become a member of our Club. We support the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and our club currently sponsors five school students. If you may be interested in attending a lunch meeting and learning more about the activities of our VIEW Club, please make contact with the Treasurer, Heather on 0437 343163, by the Friday prior to our meeting. We need to make a booking for catering purposes. Our Lunch Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Gaythorne RSL Club, Mitchelton. VIEW Club meetings are held upstairs and the doors open at 10:30am for an 11:00am start. The Club can be contacted via email to: newmarketview. If you wish to know more about VIEW Clubs, please go to the website.

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) Inc by Dave Livett

The Association exists for the welfare and benefit of those conscripted into either of the two schemes in place between 1951 and 1973 and the wives/widows thereof. Conscripts who served for countries other than Australia are welcome to join as associate members. To enquire about the benefits of membership, to apply for the two Medals to which Australian nashos are entitled, or to find a branch near you, phone 3324 1277 or scroll website Brisbane North West branch meets at Gaythorne RSL on the third Sunday of each month commencing 10.15am; our next meeting is on 18th February. Visitors and new members are always welcome and after the meeting you can lunch in the comfortable surrounds of the RSL bistro. For enquiries about this branch phone Dave on 3366 3191 or email dlivett@ website:



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From the Editor...

An enormous honour was bestowed upon me on Australia Day, receiving an OAM in the Australia Day 2018 Awards. My deepest thanks to everyone who had a part in nominating and endorsing the nomination for this most amazing award sadly I don’t know exactly who did, but I know there were a number of local clubs, groups, organisations and individuals who had a part in my nomination. I am very thrilled to have received the OAM (for services to the community through The Western Echo) - it feels amazing to be considered worthy of this award, by members of my (much loved and cherished) community. I would very much like to thank all the local businesses who have supported The Western Echo over the last 24 years that I have been publisher/editor/and, well, pretty much “it” as far as the Echo is concerned! Without your support with advertising, I would not be able to publish the Echo each month, and without that, production, printing and distribution would not be possible. It is because of the support of my wonderful advertisers that I am then able to provide the editorial space to clubs, groups, organisations, schools and others and thus have a true community newspaper! While these clubs etc have been instrumental in my receiving this award, the advertisers are also responsible for making these articles and news stories and club reports possible. I hope to continue bringing local, community news and issues to our community for a long time yet! A huge thank you to the businesses who support our local community and its many organisations, clubs and schools. Please remember: THINK GLOBAL - SHOP LOCAL! Philippa Wightman - Editor/Publisher

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February 2018 Western Echo  
February 2018 Western Echo