His­tory shared over a hot camp oven feed

Central Telegraph - - LIFE | MY TOWN - BILOELA ALAN McTAG­GART P: 0418 195 503 E: biloe­labriefs@hot­mail.com

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.

Com­mu­nity Golf

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.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

CARS ON SHOW: One of the en­trants com­pet­ing in last year’s Au­toFest at the Biloela Show­grounds.

Al­lan Ride­out at Gr­ey­cliffe Home­stead.

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