History shared over a hot camp oven feed
FAMILY history is always fascinating to one’s own family but sometimes that history is so unique that is worth sharing.
Such is the case with Allan Rideout’s grandfather, William Sutherland Rideout who was born in 1855 near Armidale.
William and brother John travelled and by the 1870s he was catching cleanskin cattle around Winterbourne, which included Stag Creek.
But catching cleanskins is tough going and taking on a mail run from Calliope to Kroombit provided a bit more security.
Working as a stockman on Kooingal he caught the eye of Margaret Wallace and in 1880 a slab hut was built that became home for William and his family of eight children.
Breeding was in his blood and he leased the head of Kelly Creek to breed horses suited to the army of the day.
But even that project ran into hard times, due to drought, and eventually Margaret moved to Hillcroft in Calliope and her husband worked away from home to generate income.
Not easy to be in charge of eight children on your own and, with the drought still holding, the process of washing clothes and the children entailed a horse and wagon to take the lot five miles down the road to Double Creek.
Family health was always of prime concern and accessing help in time of trouble was a major hassle as detailed in the long horse ride Margaret undertook to get to a doctor.
Try riding the same horse for 70 miles then decide that it was pleasure or hard work.
The Rideout story was the centrepiece of the meeting of the Banana Shire Historical Society held at the Greycliffe Homestead on August 6.
To add to the atmosphere a genuine camp oven cooked dinner was organised for everybody.
The Historical Society is planning a two day trip to Emerald, Capella and Clermont on September 15/16 to visit Emerald Pioneer cottages, Capella Historical Centre and the Clermont historical Centre. Further details and bookings from President Fay Neale
4992 3959 or Don Longbottom 4992 1876.
Anglican Paris Fete
THE Anglican Church Fete will be held at St Gabriel’s next Friday, August 25 from 5pm.
Always a full range of stalls, kid’s activities and food and refreshments for everybody will be there for your pleasure so no need to plan for dinner at home.
Biloela Rotary AutoFest
EACH year this event has gotten bigger and now attracts cars (and their drivers) of all ages with some in showroom condition and others renovated and saved from the scrap heap.
This Rotary sponsored event, with the help of the Biloela Car Club, is on at the Showgrounds on Saturday, September 16 with entry to the competitions in the morning and then public entry from around midday.
Always a bit of excitement for the crowds as some drivers drive their tyres to destruction.
BILOELA Kindergarten is calling all supporters onto the Golf Course tomorrow, August 19, for a two ball Ambrose.
This is for golfers and non-golfers as the plan is a fun day with the aim of supporting a very valuable organisation – $30 includes green fees, a player pack and more so it is not an expensive day out.
Register at the golf club from 10am before a shotgun start at 11am.
Poetry for All
TITLED Throwing Soft Bombs, this is a poetry and writing workshop for all aspiring writers interested in poetry and all good literature.
Leading the workshop is Mark Tredinnick—one of Australia’s leading poets and the winner of many literary prizes. He will introduce you to the art of Throwing soft bombs, of making good poems.
It has something to offer beginners and more experienced writers. It is as much about how to read a poem as how to write one.
Mark covers many different aspects of poetry in this introduction to the nature, uses and practice of poetry. Mark will explore poetic forms and conventions as well as the place of punctuation and the use of syntax.
Poetry has close associations with speech, music, rhythm, rhyme and tone, voice and attitude.
To be held at the Regional Art Gallery on September 9/10 from 9am–4pm.
Call 4992 9500 and book before September 1.
CARS ON SHOW: One of the entrants competing in last year’s AutoFest at the Biloela Showgrounds.
Allan Rideout at Greycliffe Homestead.