A small trib­ute to the ‘fa­ther of Biggenden’

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT & BEYOND - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Henry Walsh Ride and Climb this Satur­day will com­mem­o­rate and hon­our his jour­ney from Degilbo to the moun­tain named af­ter him.

Or­gan­iser Moira Thomp­son said stu­dents at Biggenden State School had been fas­ci­nated with the story of a well to do English­man com­ing to Aus­tralia at age of 19 and set­tling in Degilbo at 23.

“By the age of 30 his sheep run was es­ti­mated at 500 square miles,” she said.

Walsh en­tered pol­i­tics in 1859, go­ing on to be the Min­is­ter for Pub­lic­Works and Speaker of the House.

On April 4, 1888, Walsh was killed in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent at Kan­ga­roo Point in Bris­bane. He was only 64.

The man known as the “fa­ther of Biggenden” was sur­vived by his wife El­iz­a­beth and seven chil­dren.

On Satur­day par­tic­i­pants will gather at Degilbo Hall from 6.30am on­wards for break­fast and regis­tra­tion.

“The jour­ney of Walsh from Degilbo to his moun­tain will be un­der­taken by horse rid­ers, walk­ers and cy­clists and will in­clude a street pa­rade down Ed­ward St at 8.30am,” Mrs Thomp­son said.

At Mt Walsh National Park billy tea and dam­per and a sausage siz­zle will be pro­vided.

Mrs Thomp­son said horse rid­ers would do a 22km ride along the National Trail to Mt Walsh pic­nic area.

Walk­ers will go from the town to Mt Walsh via the sports re­serve.

At night a dis­play of mem­o­ra­bilia, along with din­ner, will be held at Biggenden Show Hall.

Guests are en­cour­aged to come in 1800s out­fits.

Stu­dents who are serv­ing are se­lect­ing long skirts, high col­lared tops and aprons.

A sing-along and danc­ing are planned, with prizes pre­sented for best dressed, lucky door and trivia.

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