HIS­TO­RIAN’S TOUCH­ING TRIB­UTE

The ge­neal­ogy room in Mundubbera to be re­named af­ter late Darryl Jenkinson

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

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.

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