Family reunion is real success
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.