Will 2019 be the last Biggen­den re­union?

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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