Champion knitter set for state titles
Mt Perry woman has heart for giving
MT PERRY’S champion knitter has a passion for helping people, and a fascination with the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
“I hated the movie,” was Trish Hansen’s first verdict of the 1975 show.
But in the early 1980s, she was willing to attend a live show and fell in love with it.
Trish has since seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show six or seven times, including this year’s production, and said “they’re all different”.
“I saw the first live show with Daniel Abineri as Frank’n’furter, but have never seen him since.
“I love live theatre; I admire that these people can act and remember the lines,” she explained.
Her love of the arts, which led her to the Mt Perry Art Gallery where she delights in showing art works to visitors, has long been
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expressed through knitting; a flair for which she discovered after marriage.
With a thread worked to the left and a thread to the right, Trish has knitted and purled many warm garments.
Trish and husband Allan moved to Mt Perry from Canungra, where Trish had been developing her “secret life”.
“My Christmas cakes and Anzac biscuits have gone all over the world,” she said.
Long before it became fashionable, soldiers serving overseas were receiving her biscuits and cakes.
“I’ve had so many thank you letters and cards, but I never knew any of them,” she said – except her first recipient, Major Christopher Shine, whom she met at Kokoda Barracks, Canungra, and later, Lance Corporal Corey Dryden.
“When he came back, we all had dinner at Canungra RSL,” she said.
This year, Trish broke tradition and made her Anzac biscuits for Mt Perry residents, distributing them to private post office boxes.
She’s also proud of her fundraising adventures, which began in Canungra pub, the Angler’s Arms, where she worked for many years as a bar attendant.
“I took on the challenge to represent the Endeavour Foundation in 1989, and raised $13,000 – the most in Queensland that year.”
Trish has since fundraised for Police Legacy, Canungra Lions, the Queensland Country Women’s Association and many more.
As “just the figurehead” for Wonglepong CWA (between Tamborine and Canungra), Trish raised the most money for Brisbane’s Ruth Fairfax House in its first two years.
“I just need to help, but you can’t do any fundraising without your fellow members,” she said.
Her community’s warm embrace has honoured Trish as this year’s champion knitter of Mt Perry Show, Mt Perry CWA and QCWA Bundaberg division.
While she relaxes before the state CWA knitting titles in October, Trish will head off on another adventure – as the cook on a coach trip to the Birdsville Races.
OUR REGION, OUR ART, OUR CRAFT: Trish Hansen's next leadlight project will be of her granddaughter, Benedicte Bemet, a rising star in the Australian ballet. Ms Hansen is pictured at Mt Perry's fine arts exhibition launch.