Brooweena gra­zier loves to travel too

Jill of all trades pas­sion­ate about his­tory

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

GAIL Gauld de­scribes her­self as very in­de­pen­dent.

She grows and sells santa gertrudis beef cat­tle on her Bernie Hills property at Brooweena, where she runs around 100 head.

“I do all my own cat­tle work with the ex­cep­tion of brand­ing, but I do ask for help then,” Ms Gauld said.

“I was get­ting des­per­ate with the dry con­di­tions, but thank­fully re­ceived around 140mm of rain so the four dams af­ter be­ing dry have wa­ter in them now.”

Ms Gauld was the sev­enth daugh­ter to Cyril and Ethel.

“And then they had young Cyril,” she said.

“We all rode our ponies to Woocoo State School, which was five miles from the farm. “When Woocoo closed Cyril and I went to Brooweena.”

Em­ploy­ment took Ms Gauld all around the state.

“I learnt to be a Jill of all trades,” she said.

“I ran the Orallo Post Of­fice near Roma for awhile, then with a school friend worked our way around Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing pick­ing straw­ber­ries in South Aus­tralia

“Un­for­tu­nately, in Perth, I was se­ri­ously in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent.

“I spent time be­ing re­ha­bil­i­tated and when able to travel went to my sis­ter Ber­nice in Dar­win.

“Back in Queens­land I then worked for the Festey fam­ily on Baram­bah Sta­tion and then for 21 years was a teacher aide at Mur­gon Pre-School.

“My fa­ther passed away in 1976 leav­ing the property to Mum and my­self be­cause he knew I’d look af­ter her.

“We ran the property to­gether while I was work­ing away, but in 1994 I came home to look af­ter Mum. She died in her 95th year in 2007.”

With grand­par­ents on both sides of her fam­ily pi­o­neers of the district, it isn’t sur­pris­ing that Ms Gauld loves his­tory.

“When I came back to the area I joined the mu­seum in May 1995, took on the job of sec­re­tary of the Brooweena His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and I’m still there. “I just love the district, love his­tory, and love Aus­tralia.

“When you have trav­elled you re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate what we have here, es­pe­cially the free­dom. “I’ve en­joyed trav­el­ling to var­i­ous coun­tries in­clud­ing Eng­land and Scot­land, Africa where I at­tended a wed­ding that went from morn­ing to night and Amer­ica and last year to Canada.”

Ms Gauld was in Ne­vada, in Amer­ica, in July 2001, just be­fore the Twin Tow­ers were hit.

“Be­ing an Elvis fan I stayed two days at the Heart­break Ho­tel where they play Elvis movies 24 hours a day,” she said.

“I went and toured his house, which was a real emo­tional mo­ment.

“I just couldn’t be­lieve I was ac­tu­ally in Elvis’ home.” Fu­ture travel on the wish list are Nor­folk Is­land and to travel from Dar­win to Ade­laide on the Ghan.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

DED­I­CATED WORKER: Gail Gauld is pas­sion­ate about the Brooweena His­tor­i­cal Com­plex.

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