Rock solid turn-out

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN -

RE­CENTLY 130 descen­dants of Au­gust Chris­tian and Frances Sophia Olds (Seeney) Rock gath­ered for a re­union.

Au­gust was born in Gayn­dah in 1880 and it was there he mar­ried Frances 22 years later.

The cou­ple se­lected a block at Philpot where they raised their 11 chil­dren. Most at­tended the Philpot Creek State School.

Au­gust worked the farm, owned sev­eral properties in Gayn­dah and had a car­ry­ing busi­ness, de­liv­er­ing goods to out­ly­ing sta­tions as far away as Red­bank and Raw­bell.

He also served on the coun­cil, rep­re­sent­ing the No 4 Di­vi­sion.

Frances’ mother Grandma Seeney was the Gayn­dah mid­wife and de­liv­ered not only her own grand­chil­dren but also many of Gayn­dah’s iden­ti­ties.

The cou­ple’s fifth child, Au­gust Chris­tian, worked at many jobs in­clud­ing Mun­dub­bera’s Pre­mier Cash Stores and saved the 500 pounds needed to buy 860 acres be­side his par­ents’ prop­erty.

He and wife Gwen (Jarvis) set­tled in Mun­dowran in the early 1930s where they raised five daugh­ters. One of th­ese, Glenice Robert­son still lives in Mun­dub­bera as do her son and grand­chil­dren.

PHOTO: JOANNE POW­ELL

ROCK FAM­ILY RE­UNION: Some of the descen­dants of Au­gust and Frances Rock who raised their 11 chil­dren at Philpot near Mun­dub­bera, at a re­cent fam­ily re­union.

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