Baram­bah Creek’s Beryl loved peo­ple

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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

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