Will 2019 be the last Biggenden reunion?
WITH dwindling numbers, there is a question mark over the future of the Biggenden reunion that is held annually in Brisbane.
Recent organiser Roger White said for some time he had been considering the future of the reunion.
“Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the first reunion organised by several ex-Biggendenites,” he said.
“The reunion was held in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens but over the years changed several times.
“Numbers in those early days were around 200.”
Mr White said maybe with the pending 60th anniversary it is the time to bring to a close a long and enjoyable time of reminiscences, friendships and Biggenden-linked interests.
“It may be a sad thing to do but I think a realistic decision,” he said.
This year’s reunion, held on March 24, was attended by 29 people in the Darnell Room at St John’s Anglican Cathedral.
Mr White said, as always, there was plenty for people to chat about and a lovely spread of afternoon tea goodies.
There were numerous apologies while a list of the names of those who departed since the last reunion was read out.
As always there were updates on what’s been happening in Biggenden, including new businesses and services to the town and the proposed upgrade at the saleyards.
Of interest to everyone was the historical information from the 1930s of the various clubs in the district. As well as football, tennis, rifle, bowls and golf, there was dog racing, basketball, while the Emu Creek waterhole was the site of many swimming competitions.
ANNUAL REUNION: Maurice Churchward, Roxton Nichols, Roger White and Joan Britnell (nee Dakin) at the Biggenden reunion held in Brisbane. See page 43 for more photos from the event.