Trav­eller falls in love with North

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - IAN FRAZER

Cor­po­ral Ron­ald Charles ( Ron) Cooper and his brother War­rant Of­fi­cer Thomas Cowie ( Tom) Cooper both died in World War II. Ron was killed in ac­tion at El Alamein, Egypt, in Au­gust, 1942, while serv­ing with the 2/ 15th Bat­tal­ion. He played rugby league for Queens­land in 1935, and had en­listed in the AIF in Ing­ham in July, 1940, aged 29. Tom, a public ser­vant, en­listed in Townsville a month ear­lier, aged 27, joined the 2/ 10th Field Reg­i­ment, was taken a pris­oner of war in Sin­ga­pore in 1942 and died in 1944. Both grew up in South Townsville, sons of John and Agnes Cooper. Water­side worker Cor­nelius Ke­nealy en­listed in the AIF in April, 1917, aged 37, hav­ing pre­vi­ously served two years in the mili­tia with the Kennedy Reg­i­ment. He joined the 52nd Bat­tal­ion in France in March, 1918, and was awarded the Mil­i­tary Medal for courage and de­vo­tion to duty while a stretcher­bearer at Dernancourt a month later. His son, Cor­nelius ( Con) Ke­nealy en­listed in the 2nd AIF in Townsville in 1940, aged 26. Coun­cil later named this street in his hon­our of the younger Ke­nealy.

Then aged 87, she was in­ter­viewed af­ter giv­ing $ 4000 to­wards the con­struc­tion of a gazebo and play­ground in Sorop­ti­mist Park, Rowes Bay.

In 1973, Mrs He­sel­ton was a found­ing mem­ber of Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional Townsville, draw­ing on her UK ex­pe­ri­ence with the world­wide women’s or­gan­i­sa­tion. Two more Sorop­ti­mist clubs were es­tab­lished in the city, Townsville West and Townsville Break­wa­ter, and the park es­tab­lished at Rowes Bay in 1985 was a joint pro­ject, cater­ing to adults and chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

The ad­ven­ture play­ground and foot­paths were de­signed for easy wheel­chair ac­cess.

“I could not think of a bet­ter cause,” Mrs He­sel­ton said.

In 1988, the lo­cal Sorop­ti­mists re­ceived a $ 10,000 grant from the Bi­cen­ten­nial Au­thor­ity for an 8m sculp­ture in steel, cop­per, tim­ber and rock cel­e­brat­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

The work on the edge of Rowes Bay was cre­ated by three lead­ing Aus­tralian sculp­tors, Bert Flugel­man, Peter Bliz­zard and An­thony Pryor.

Townsville City Coun­cil also chipped in with fund­ing.

De­scribed later by Mr Pryor as a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a jetty or pier, with Mag­netic Is­land and sur­round­ing moun­tain ranges on the hori­zon, the work took him and his col­leagues a week to com­plete.

Mr Pryor, whose best­known work, The Leg­end, stands out­side the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground, told the Townsville Bul­letin in 1988 that they had tried to “cap­ture the essence of North Queens­land” and in­spire the imag­i­na­tion of young view­ers.

Mr Pryor died of leukaemia in 1991, aged 40.

Another of his cre­ations can be found in Townsville’s Per­fumed Gar­dens.

The city coun­cil spent $ 14,000 in 2006 on clean­ing and re­paint­ing the sculp­ture and re­plac­ing cor­roded com­po­nents which had rusted be­yond re­pair. Last week five in­den­tured labour­ers un­der the sug­ar­work­ers’ agree­ment ar­rived at Townsville, on the way to Ger­ald­ton, to the em­ploy of Mr Dempsey. The men came out by the Om­rah from Eng­land, were met on ar­rival here by Mr J B Ham­mond, of the Gov­ern­ment La­bor Bureau, and sent on to their des­ti­na­tion. It is un­der­stood ar­range­ments are be­ing made by some Queens­land pas­toral­ists to in­dent labour un­der some­what sim­i­lar con­di­tions. Writ­ing to his mother, un­der date May 27 [ from the Dar­danelles], Ge­orge Walker, of Bell St, South Townsville, says, “I sup­pose you have come to the con­clu­sion ere this that some­thing had hap­pened to me when you had not re­ceived any word from me. Ere this you have had an ac­count in the pa­pers con­cern­ing our land­ing, so I will not ask you to go through the tor­ture of lis­ten­ing to it over again. Suf­fi­cient to say that I con­tend Aus­tralia made a name for it­self ... En­closed find iden­tity disc for Ed­die Cahill, which please ask Frank to hand over to his rel­a­tives. He worked at J N Parkes’s, so he will be able to give him any as­sis­tance he wants. He was found in front of our trenches the day we buried the dead, so must have fallen on the first day, Sun­day, 25th April. Tom Wat­son is miss­ing. I am the only Townsville rep­re­sen­ta­tive left in the 1st Con­tin­gent.’’

I could not think of a bet­ter cause

The Shaw, Savlll and Al­bion steamer Matakana, which sailed for New Zealand on Wed­nes­day evening, has car­ried from Glas­gow on the round trip, 150 casks of whisky for the pur­pose of giv­ing it ma­tu­rity. The Matakana also loaded a quan­tity of wine at Capetown which will be dis­charged at Auck­land, New Zealand.

Sorop­ti­mists Lorna Mead, Judy Robert­son, Cr John Robert­son, Coral Dews and Judy Hunter in front of the sculp­tures at Sorop­ti­mist Park at Rowes Bay. INSET: Joyce He­sel­ton.

July 22, 1908

Townsville Daily Bul­letin

July 22, 1915

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