Fam­ily re­u­nion is real suc­cess

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD - - Shirley Way

LAUGH­TER and smiles reigned when the Ge­orge fam­ily re­united in Gayn­dah over the long week­end.

Event or­gan­iser Emily Ge­orge, who ar­ranged the re­u­nion from West­ern Australia, said the 12 months of plan­ning to bring to­gether fam­ily mem­bers from across Queens­land and other states had been worth it.

“We had a fu­neral the first time the fam­ily got to­gether and we wanted to see each other in a happy time,” Ms Ge­orge said.

“It’s lovely be­ing with fam­ily and for the kids get­ting to know each other.

“The cousins have not seen each other for more their 20 years.”

Kai­lyu Ge­orge said the re­u­nion in­cluded three gen­er­a­tions of descen­dants of Ge­orge Meppe, who lived on Li­fou Is­land, New Cale­do­nia.

“The whole theme is fam­ily con­nec­tion, I’ve met fam­ily I never knew ex­isted, that’s ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful,” Mr Ge­orge said.

“In the old days, we were called ‘sons of Ge­orge’ and so my dad was Louis Ge­orge, (that is, Louis, son of Ge­orge Meppe).”

Mr Ge­orge said his great-grand­fa­ther was an el­der in the Tor­res Is­lands and his grand­fa­ther ended up on Darnley Is­land.

There were also abo­rig­i­nal fam­ily con­nec­tions through his mother, as well as Ir­ish or Welsh an­ces­try through Gover­nor-Gen­eral Hay­den, he said.

Dur­ing the week­end, fam­ily mem­bers dressed up for a Great Gatsby themed din­ner, played ball games and hit the golf course for Bar­lyne Day.

Ing­ham’s Christine Ge­orge, the el­dest of six, said the dif­fer­ence be­tween her dad’s pre­ferred game of golf and her choice of ten­nis was sim­ple – “ten­nis has a shorter court”.

With her nana Emma Hay­den and grand­dad Louis Ge­orge buried in Eidsvold, Ms Ge­orge said she had en­joyed re­vis­it­ing the area and “the kids meet­ing up and get­ting on like a house on fire”.

A re­u­nion may be held ev­ery two years, she said. See page 32 for pho­tos from the day.

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