Barambah Creek’s Beryl loved people
BERYL was the youngest child of Daisy and Bill Wharton and was born on May 2, 1919.
She had three sisters: Gladys, Muriel and Doris and a brother, Claude, who shared her childhood at Walworth, the family property on Barambah Creek.
Beryl attended Ginoondan Primary School.
To attend school, she had to ride over rough terrain.
Her teacher was very impressed with Beryl’s prose and poetry presentations and would have loved for her to have further training in this area.
When the older children went off for further education, it was just Beryl and Doris left at home.
They were as close as any two sisters could be.
Beryl had many fond memories of her time growing up on the farm and loved to share them with family and friends.
She remembered how she and Doris got into trouble when their father caught them with their secret pet possums in their bedroom.
The girls had built a ramp from the trellis to the window and coaxed the possums in with food.
When the Barambah Creek was in flood, as it often was, Doris and Beryl’s mum would help the stranded travellers, sharing BERYL WHARTON: A unique person, who loved life and the people who shared her space. what she had.
Beryl dearly loved her mum, admiring her selfless generosity to struggling neighbours, who were worse off than they were.
Beryl often said they sometimes felt they had to share their mum with everyone.
When Doris married and left Walworth, itwas Beryl’s responsibility to stay to care for her mum.
Beryl’s dad spent a lot of time away from the property, working with a bridge building gang.
Following her father’s death, she gave up the opportunity to have her own family, so she could be there for her mum.
For a number of years, Beryl worked on the domestic staff of the Gayndah Hospital.
During the week, she boarded with “Gran” Fairbairn.
Fellow workers Eric and Florence Borchardt became Beryl’s lifelong friends.
When Beryl was your friend, it was forever.
After her mum’s death in 1956 and helping with Claude’s family, Beryl moved to Miles to live with Doris and her husband Allan.
She worked on the domestic staff at the Miles Hospital until she retired.
Over the years, Doris, Alan and Beryl were involved in working with the Miles Museum.
And Beryl took great pride in showing visiting family and friends through the complex.
She also travelled extensively throughout Australia and overseas, taking in Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Europe and the USA, to name a few.
When Doris died suddenly from tetanus in 1986, Beryl was heartbroken.
Doris’s husband Alan sold his home to Beryl and moved to Bundaberg.
Beryl was able to keep herself occupied with community work, tending to the beautiful garden and visiting her sister Gladys at Maroochydore.
While in Miles, Beryl used to drive to Gayndah via Chinchilla and Mundubbera to visit friends and family.
On her visits, she always brought gifts of sweets and fruit she bought along the way.
There was always an air of excitement when Aunty Beryl came to visit.
The family knew when she had arrived because you could hear her blue Valiant, with its twin exhausts and extractors, roaring down the road long before you saw her.
Beryl was determined not to trade it for a car that was easier to handle.
Beryl spent 10 years living in Maroochydore, before ill health brought her back to her home town of Gayndah.
She moved into the Gunther Village on her birthday in 2008.
There, she formed many friendships and grew to love the caring staff.
Beryl was a unique person, who loved life and the people, who shared her space.
She would have appreciated the symbolic blessing of the lifegiving water from Barambah Creek on her casket.
And also the caring service of thanksgiving by Canon Janne Whitehead.
Beryl Wharton May 2, 1919 – December 2, 2012