A small tribute to the ‘father of Biggenden’
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.