Sally and An­thony Coates farewell Eidsvold Sta­tion. Story: pages

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tobi Loftus

MORE THAN 110 years of his­tory has come to an end, with the Joyce/Coates fam­ily about to pack up and leave Eidsvold Sta­tion for the last time.

An­thony and Sally Coates, who have owned the prop­erty since the early 1970s, said they would miss the his­toric sta­tion.

“With the pro­gres­sion of time, things al­ways change,” An­thony said.

“They need to change of­ten, as there are dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to things.

— An­thony Coates

“Some­times we queried it, but we made the de­ci­sion.”

The sta­tion, which was bought by re­la­tions of An­thony in 1905, was passed on to him in the 1970s by his un­cle Bar­ney.

“I came here in 1962 when Bar­ney was still very much in­volved,” An­thony said.

“Bar­ney saw me de­vel­op­ing the place and he was very much in charge un­til the mid-70s.”

In the time An­thony and Sally have lived at the sta­tion, Prince Charles stayed with them twice.

“When Prince Charles was at school in Geelong, he thought it would be good to visit an out­back Queens­land prop­erty to get another feel of what would be his fu­ture king­dom and re­spon­si­bil­ity,” An­thony said.

“At that stage it was kept very low key here and it wasn’t pro­moted un­til after­wards.

“Prince Charles re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated being able to come here and re­lax and he stayed here four days.

“He and Mrs Joyce got on re­ally well to­gether, so much so that ever since he vis­ited here the first time, Mr and Mrs Joyce got per­son­ally writ­ten Christ­mas cards ev­ery year.

Prince Charles vis­ited the prop­erty again in 1974.

“No one was al­lowed inside the front grid,” An­thony said.

“No one knew what was go­ing on. He could get out and feel free with­out hav­ing to worry about ev­ery word he said.”

The sta­tion, and other prop­er­ties owned by An­thony and Sally, have been bought by South Bur­nett cou­ple Rick and Alice Greenup.

“The suc­ces­sion was meant to come to a head and wind up five years ago,” An­thony said.

“But be­cause of floods and poor cat­tle prices, we agreed to ex­tend it out to give them more time to chew on the big move they’ve made.

“They made a big com­mit­ment, for a young cou­ple.”

Rick said he and Alice would miss An­thony and

With the pro­gres­sion of time things al­ways change.

Sally, though they would re­main in con­tact.

“There will be plenty of phone calls back and for­ward, An­thony doesn’t know it yet, but there will be,” Mr Greenup said.

“I’d like to thank them for en­trust­ing us to some­thing that is so dear to them, the sta­tion and the other three prop­er­ties as well, it’s the whole pack­age.

“We’re go­ing to con­tinue and try to build on what An­thony and Bar­ney Joyce have done.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to have a hold on to those santa gertrudis cat­tle and do our thing with them.”

Though it is a bit­ter-sweet end­ing for An­thony and Sally.

“Rick and Alice have left an open in­vi­ta­tion that we can come and visit,” An­thony said. “It’s the break­ing of a chain of a long his­tor­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tion.

“It’s not the first it’s hap­pened to and won’t be the last.

“It’s go­ing to be hard to let go, be­cause al­though Bar­ney died 33 years ago, in my dreams or thoughts I re­fer to him for ad­vice.

“The sad­dest part will be driv­ing over that grid to go away. It will seem like the last time, but we’ll come back to visit hope­fully.”

Farewell An­thony and Sally at the Eidsvold Show­grounds on Novem­ber 11 from 6pm.


MOV­ING ON: Sally and An­thony Coates say­ing good­bye to Eidsvold Sta­tion, the prop­erty they’ve lived at for decades.


Flood­wa­ters rise around Eidsvold Sta­tion in 2013.

An­thony Coates (right) at the Beef Expo in Rock­hamp­ton in 1988.

ABOVE: Prince Charles on his se­cond visit to Eidsvold Sta­tion in 1974.

ROYAL VISIT: Prince Charles vis­it­ing Eidsvold Sta­tion for the first time in 1966. Sally Coates is rid­ing be­side him.

An­thony Coates.

Flood­wa­ters rise around Eidsvold Sta­tion in 2013.

An­thony Coates re­ceiv­ing his AM from then-Govenor Gen­eral Quentin Bryce.


Eidsvold Sta­tion.

An­thony Coates on the land in his ear­lier days.


An­thony and Sally’s daugh­ter Sheelin Coates catch­ing up with Prince Charles in­Wales.

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