Cham­pion knit­ter set for state ti­tles

Mt Perry woman has heart for giv­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S -

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

Tr­ish Hansen I just need to help...

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.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

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.

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