Lov­ing cou­ple mak­ing move to the coast

Head­ing from Eidsvold to Bar­gara Beach

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50 - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

LONG term Eidsvold res­i­dents John and Jenny Pott farewelled their friends at a cer­e­mony on Satur­day as they pre­pared to make their new life in Bar­gara Beach.

John was five when the Pott fam­ily moved to Eidsvold. He at­tended the Eidsvold State School for a few months, un­til the fam­ily pur­chased Glen­rock sta­tion in 1939.

John fin­ished his ed­u­ca­tion at the Cer­a­to­dus State Col­lege, now known as the Cer­a­to­dus Univer­sity.

“There was many a tale to tell about the old school days,” he said.

“Cer­a­to­dus Univer­sity was about two and a half miles from Glen­rock and ev­ery morn­ing we’d milk the cows first, then try to catch the horse so we didn’t have to walk to school.

“Once the kids got older, my fam­ily pur­chased a few push bikes, well this caused a lot of trou­ble as there were many fights over th­ese bikes and who was rid­ing them.”

John fin­ished school at the end of Year 7, then it was straight into mus­ter­ing.

“I worked at the Eidsvold sa­le­yards draft­ing cat­tle for the sale,” he said.

“Back then, trucks had only just started cart­ing cat­tle and a lot of peo­ple couldn’t af­ford to truck them in, so many of the cat­tle were walked into Eidsvold to the sale.

“Mus­ter­ing, fenc­ing and of course milk­ing the cows were some of the jobs I did.”

It was a chal­leng­ing pe­riod dur­ing this time.

“We ex­pe­ri­enced the 1942 floods but the most re­cent one in 2013 was dev­as­tat­ing,” John said.

“Weeks were spent re­pair­ing fences and river cross­ings.”

John also re­called the bushfires that en­gulfed the dis­trict in 1942.

Jenny’s fam­ily still owns the house just across the road from the Eidsvold State School and she at­tended school there un­til Year 8, then it was off to work.

“I did a lot of cook­ing and clean­ing and was also as­sist­ing with the well-main­tained lawn and gar­den that my mother Ruby held,” Jenny said.

Jenny later moved to Mun­dub­bera and worked at the Top Pub.

“I was the bar­maid there for some time and then left back to Eidsvold,” she said.

The cou­ple then met each other while work­ing at the Star Ho­tel and mar­ried on April 8 1971.

They have two daugh­ters, Leanne and Me­gan.

Due to John’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health they de­cided to move to Bar­gara near Bund­aberg, so they can be closer to doc­tors.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

FAREWELL: Long term Eidsvold res­i­dents John and Jenny Pott at their farewell party at the week­end.

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