Kreis descendants hold reunion in Bundaberg
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.
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.