Local history buff shares his passion and knowledge
according to the primary industries department, is the oldest commercial dairy in Australia and the bricks are from the Silverwood butter factory that burnt down over 100 years ago.”
The land the Lockyer District High School rests on was once owned by Mr Davey and was where he shifted dry jersey cows.
“The government resumed 20 acres of my paddock for the high school,” he said.
“That’s where I used to put my jersey cows and dry milkers.
“I used to own that and take the jersey cows up there.
“I used to have a pony to try and bring them up there and bring them home with a 1950s chev utility.
“I had to go to the police to get a permit and they issued me a permit to shift the cattle – but I was not allowed to shift cattle during the Carnival of Flowers weekend because of the traffic on the road.”
Looking down on Lockyer Creek, Mr Davey described how the iconic Daveys Bridge received its name and said it used to be a wooden structure called Kullys Bridge.
Standing proudly for a number of years, the wooden bridge was no match for the flash flood in 1971 and was washed away by the force of the water.
“There was 28 feet of water in an hour-and-a-half and it took the bridge downstream about a quarter of a mile,” Mr Davey said.
“I went in and asked them if they could rename the bridge to Daveys Bridge.”
Mr Davey said he used to pick plums from a line of trees planted on the creek bank.
“When they built Daveys bridge, there was a section where they planted a line of plum trees. And I used to pick enough, on the way home from school, to make 12 pounds of jam,” he said.
Mr Davey remembered the sequence of events following one of the town’s wettest years.
“1950 was the wettest year we’ve ever had,” he said.
“We had 50 inches, compared to 28 normally. The Gatton Show was postponed until after the exhibition because it was too wet.”
Mr Davey said the birdlife that would normally migrate north in autumn stayed, due to the wet conditions.
One of Mr Davey’s greatest passions in life is woodwork, with an extensive list of handcrafted pieces to his name.
“I went to woodwork night classes for several years and when you’re a farmer, you’re a jack of all trades – you learn woodwork tools, metal work tools, fencing tools.”