HISTORIAN’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE
The genealogy room in Mundubbera to be renamed after late Darryl Jenkinson
THIS weekend marks a fitting tribute for Helen Jenkinson as her late husband Darryl Jenkinson is recognised for his tireless work for genealogy in Mundubbera.
The genealogy room in the Mundubbera library will be named after Darryl, who was a keen historian and genealogy hobbyist.
The occasion was an emotional one for
Mrs Jenkinson as she witnessed the unveiling of a sign bearing her late husband’s name.
She struggled to hold back tears and said it was “just beautiful”.
“I don’t think there are a lot of words to find the real expression. To see your husband’s name, it’s very beautiful,” she said.
“It’s a beautiful gift to him, in honour of him, because he had a huge heart and worked for different charitable organisations.”
Mrs Jenkinson said the outpouring of support from the community was a tribute to those who live in the North Burnett.
“When he was in Brisbane, it was one day off three weeks when he died, and during that time the community here fundraised,” she said.
“I said to Darryl, ‘How are we going to pay these people back?’
“He was so great with his woodwork and he’s done a couple of framings for my art, which he has the legacy of. It’s a beautiful legacy for someone who always gave back to the community.”
August 25 marks seven years since Darryl passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a workplace accident in 2010.
North Burnett Regional Council Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan was the driving force behind renaming the room after Darryl.
“Prior to the untimely sudden death of Darryl Jenkinson we had many conversations about the history room, including his intention to provide his time upon his retirement from his day job to research the early pioneers of the district, in particular the German families who settled in the area extensively,”
Cr Whelan said.
“This data would have extensively added to the small amount of information that locals had contributed.”
Cr Whelan said Darryl’s love for genealogy was greatly appreciated by the entire community.
“Darryl’s love for family research was a hobby but could have been made a business because of his skills to find unlocked information across the world,” she said.
“I am proud that his memory is being preserved through the naming of the Mundubbera Family History Room after the late Darryl Jenkinson, who was always a gentleman and friend to everybody.”
North Burnett Regional Council former library administrator Kirsten Gagen said she was glad the council decided to rename the room after Darryl.
“Darryl was a very avid and enthusiastic genealogy researcher. He was very generous with his time and helped many others with their own family history research,” she said.
“He is a worthy recipient not only for his love of history, but also for his lifetime of commitment to the Mundubbera community.
“I think he would be quietly pleased, but very humbled, to have the room named after him.”
A close friend and former library assistant Jodie Brown recalled how Darryl was a true-blue larrikin.
“I’m glad this room is being renamed after him. It’s just fitting because he spent a lot of time and effort in this room and always helped out the community,” she said.
“He was just a really beautiful larrikin. You could always have a laugh with him and he would come in here with no shoes and just make you laugh.
“He took the time and always made your day.”
The Mundubbera library was built in 1999. In 2008 the library extended into how it looks today, with an art gallery and family and local research centre.
Mrs Jenkinson said Darryl loved genealogy and spending time at the Mundubbera library.
“Sometimes he’d say, ‘I’m going up to town to get something’ and I’d respond, ‘What? What are you going up town for?’ and you’d know he would be in the genealogy room,” she said.
“There isn’t a thing that Darryl wouldn’t succeed at. It didn’t matter what he did,
❝ It’s hard to put into words when you see this, it hits your body and gives you shivers down your spine. I can’t believe it’s actually happening. — Helen Jenkinson
he would make a success of it.
“I can see him sitting in the (genealogy room) chair and he would look at me and I’d hit the glass on the other side.
“It’s hard to put into words when you see this, it hits your body and gives you shivers down your spine. I can’t believe it’s actually happening.”
Mrs Jenkinson said Mundubbera was a good town that pulled together during difficult times.
“You take the flood times, everyone gets out and helps one another. It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone plays a role,” she said.
The official opening of the Darryl Charles Jenkinson History Room will be this Saturday, July 29, at the Mundubbera library.
The opening will start at 9.30am with an official welcome by Cr Whelan.
Everyone in the community is invited to attend the ceremony.
Phone the library on 4165 5726 for more information.
TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Mundubbera library assistant and friend of the late Darryl Jenkinson, Jodie Brown, with Helen Jenkinson.
The inside of the room that will be the Darryl Charles Jenkinson History Room.