Kreis de­scen­dants hold re­union in Bund­aberg

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

DE­SCEN­DANTS of Ed­ward and Ce­cilia Kreis, of Gayn­dah, re­cently held their first re­union.

The gath­er­ing in Bund­aberg brought to­gether about 40 fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing Iris Waugh, 92, and one-month-old Lara McKay.

Or­gan­iser Mar­garet Kreis said: “Our re­union was a most won­der­ful, fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, as we met rel­a­tives that some of us had not seen for 30, 40 or 50 years”.

It was also an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on the fam­ily’s his­tory.

While Ed­ward was born in Aus­tralia and his wife Ce­cilia was born in Eng­land, Ed­ward’s fa­ther was born in Ger­many, Ms Kreis said.

“Our grand­par­ents Ed­ward and Ce­celia Kreis resided in Gayn­dah for many years rais­ing 10 chil­dren.

“In to­tal there were 14 chil­dren, four of whom did not sur­vive in­fancy.”

Ed­ward and Ce­celia owned in whole or part the pic­ture theatre, soft-drink fac­tory and a saw mill in Gayn­dah, she said.

“There is a soft drink bot­tle in the Gayn­dah Mu­seum with Kreis raised on the glass.”

The cou­ple owned dairy farm Oakview at Wood­miller, which re­mained in the fam­ily un­til its re­cent sale, she said.

The sons, Ted, Wal­ter, Stan, Nor­man and Les, also owned dairy farms in the Gayn­dah District.

Les moved away from Gayn­dah in 1945 as his wife, Mary Flan­nery, the Wood­miller school teacher, suf­fered with chronic asthma.

The other four boys stayed in Gayn­dah for the rest of their lives, she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

KREIS FAM­ILY RE­UNION: Back row, from left: Lorna Parker, Gwyn Bishop, Made­line Tay­lor, Edna Lorenz and Shirley Sparks. Front row, from left: June Lohse, Mar­garet Kreis, Iris Waugh, Celie Parker and Grace Tay­lor.

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