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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.
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.