Faces lit up by mem­o­ries

The years slide away as for­mer stu­dents re­turn to Mun­dub­bera for school re­union cel­e­bra­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A SCHOOL re­union in Mun­dub­bera was more of a home­com­ing for many past stu­dents of the 1965–1974 classes.

Forty years slipped away as faces lit up with the re­al­i­sa­tion that the grey­haired per­son stand­ing be­side them was the Mun­dub­bera Sec­ondary Depart­ment’s Ath­letic Cham­pion in 1974.

“Re­turn­ing to Mun­dub­bera for our school re­union to cel­e­brate the 1965–1974 years has been a home­com­ing to our coun­try,” Ge­orgina Blom­field (nee Dagg) said.

“It was as­tound­ing to hear of the wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­ests that peo­ple had pur­sued in­clud­ing av­o­cado farm­ing on a large scale, cater­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity, so­cial work, re­tail, nurs­ing, agri­cul­ture, his­tor­i­cal writ­ing and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing to name a few.”

Quite a few peo­ple had kept in touch with one or two oth­ers over the years, but for some it was a first-time meet­ing since that hot, last Fri­day of Term 4 in 1974 when they farewelled each other at the school gate.

“The years melted away as eyes and hands met in re­newed friend­ship,” Ms Bloom­field said.

“To re­turn and en­joy the beau­ti­ful vista of the town was a joy and to ob­serve the growth of the na­tive veg­e­ta­tion in tree-lined av­enues of Le­ich­hardt and Stu­art-Rus­sell streets was a glo­ri­ous sight.”

Ms Blom­field sends thanks to the custodians of the school and the town who have care­fully nur­tured its com­mu­nity and beauty, so that it can for­ever be en­joyed by those who will al­ways be sons and daugh­ters of Mun­dub­bera.

“We look for­ward to meet­ing again for our 50th re­union in 2024,” she said.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

COM­ING HOME: For­mer stu­dents re­turn to Mun­dub­bera for a school re­union to cel­e­brate the 1965–1974 years.

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