Knit­ter keeps busy

Lit­tle town’s friendly na­ture holds ap­peal for Gwen

Central and North Burnett Times - - HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE... 50+ -

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.”

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

KNIT­TING GURU: Gwen Rose shows off her work in progress.

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