Daphne’s happy to let others cook now
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.
FOND MEMORIES: Daphne Jones with some of her treasured photographs.