Brooweena grazier loves to travel too
Jill of all trades passionate about history
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.
DEDICATED WORKER: Gail Gauld is passionate about the Brooweena Historical Complex.