Daphne’s happy to let oth­ers cook now

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MAS­TER chef Daphne Jones has spent a large por­tion of her life keep­ing taste­buds happy and hun­gry stom­achs full.

Born in Gayn­dah and grow­ing up in Byrnestown, Daphne left Byrnestown School at 13 and moved to Bris­bane to work in a cake fac­tory.

She packed cakes and other baked treats for five years, dur­ing which time she was courted by de­liv­ery driver Regi­nald Roy Jones.

Regi­nald had re­cently re­turned from the army and the pair mar­ried in a lit­tle church in Bris­bane, among a group of fam­ily and friends.

The new­ly­weds moved to Sydney and had a son, Bruce.

But Daphne was no stay at home mum.

She worked seven days aweek as a cook in a ho­tel, to make sure Bruce had ev­ery­thing he needed.

The fam­ily left Sydney to live near Lon­greach, where Regi­nald was a fencer and Daphne worked in a ho­tel, keep­ing hun­gry pa­trons full of de­li­cious food.

The fam­ily re­turned to Gayn­dah when Daphne’s mother be­came ill.

Daphne looked af­ter her mother and her fam­ily, walk­ing Bruce to Gayn­dah Pri­mary School in his early years.

Coun­try mu­sic lovers, Daphne and Regi­nald used to fre­quent the hall at Gayn­dah Show­ground to go line danc­ing.

“There­was al­ways a big crowd there,” Daphne said.

“I had the whole out­fit: the hat, the works!”

Lo­cals might re­mem­ber the feasts Daphne pre­pared when she worked at the Royal Ho­tel, and later as a cook at The Bur­nett Ho­tel.

“We used to do four-course meals: soups, roasts, ev­ery­thing,” she said. “Things have changed now.” Un­for­tu­nately, the days when a pub meal in­cluded four cour­ses are long gone.

Even­tu­ally, Daphne had enough of the kitchen.

And these days she is de­lighted to have meals made for her by the “won­der­ful” cook­ing staff at Gun­ther Vil­lage.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

FOND MEM­O­RIES: Daphne Jones with some of her trea­sured pho­to­graphs.

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