Who is our old­est grad­u­ate?

Central and North Burnett Times - - DOMAIN -

THE hunt is on to find Gayn­dah State School’s old­est stu­dent for next year’s 150th cel­e­bra­tions.

And at 99, Ge­orge Hafe­meis­ter is the reign­ing title­holder.

Mr Hafe­meis­ter re­cently vis­ited his old stomp­ing ground to rem­i­nisce on his school days at what was then called the Gayn­dah Ru­ral School.

His name is printed on the hon­our boards. He achieved the high­est re­sults for schol­ar­ship in Year 7 as well as his high school ex­ams in 1927 and 1928.

Mr Hafe­meis­ter shared sto­ries of his time at the school, in­clud­ing fond mem­o­ries of giv­ing a geom­e­try prob­lem to his teacher and fel­low students.

Af­ter giv­ing them a week to fig­ure it out, no one could solve it. And he can still re­call the equa­tion to this day.

The centenary sign that proudly stands at the front of the school was built by black­smith Stud Schu­bert, a school chum and good friend of Mr Hafe­meis­ter.

Leav­ing Gayn­dah in the 1930s, he “sweated for ev­ery dol­lar I ever got”, labour­ing as a cane cut­ter and ’rooshooter.

He plans to re­turn to Gayn­dah for next year’s 150th cel­e­bra­tion.

And if he is in­deed the old­est liv­ing stu­dent, he has promised to cut the an­niver­sary cake, but only if he can use a cane cut­ter’s knife.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

HON­OUR BOARD: Ge­orge Hafe­meis­ter, 99, vis­ited Gayn­dah Pri­mary School and found his name on the schol­ar­ship board.

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