Knitter keeps busy
Little town’s friendly nature holds appeal for Gwen
GWEN Rose was born and raised in the Burnett.
Her family moved from Maryborough to “a little place called Abercorn” when Gwen was a young girl.
Gwen’s father worked on the railway, as did her mother who was the town’s station mistress.
Itwas at theAbercorn School where Gwen met the love of her life, classmate Don.
The school romance blossomed, and when Gwen turned 18 they were married.
The newlyweds moved to Eidsvold where they owned and operated Eidsvold Motors. Gwen ran the business side of the operation while Don was the motor mechanic.
Eidsvold was where the Rose family began, and the friendly nature of the country town was one of the greatest appeals for Gwen.
“You knoweverybody in a little town like Eidsvold,” she said.
The couple had two sons and a daughter – Gregory, Russell and Alexis. The children now have their own children and Gwen is a proud grandmother.
As the owners of Eidsvold Motors, Gwen and Don were able to meet characters of all sorts.
Don also ran the local RACQ branch and would regularly be out on the road tending to stranded motorists. Gwen fondly remembers that day in May 1966 when Don had to fix a stranded vehicle, and who should be inside but His Royal Highness Prince Charles.
Gwen and Don’s next brush with royalty came on their 50th wedding anniversary when they received a congratulatory letter from the Queen.
These days Gwen lives at Gunther Village in Gayndah and has quite the reputation for her knitting and crocheting.
Gunther Village staff say every time they turn around, she’s finished knitting a new item and they don’t know how she does it.
So what’s Gwen’s secret to her speedy knitting?
“Years of practice.”
KNITTING GURU: Gwen Rose shows off her work in progress.