Jack still calls Flagstone home
Countryman Jack Duncan chats about his farm life
IN THE 1800s a family of Duncans began to take over Flagstone Creek.
Over the years their clan grew so much that the council named the bridge linking the ridges in Flagstone Creek, Duncan Bridge.
Jack Duncan has lived in Flagstone Creek virtually all his life and at 88 years old, he’s still going strong and enjoying his “life of leisure”.
“I come from a long line of generations of farmers in from the area,” Jack said.
“My great-grandfather came out with his younger brother from Scotland and first settled in Lower Tent Hill. broke the family tradition by attending Mount Campbell School instead of Flagstone Creek School.
“My grandfather, father and two sons all went to Flagstone Creek school, however I didn’t due to certain circumstances,” he said.
“I started school when I was five years old, until I was around 13. That was quite normal back then.”
Jack reminisced about how his late wife Margaret Doyle was a teacher who had came to the valley when she was transferred to Mount Campbell School.
“This was long after I had left school of course,” Jack chuckled.
“I was around 20-21 years old.
“Just about every farmer had a bad back and you either suffered in the early days or suffered later from over-conditioning.”
Jack said he had noticed a big shift in farm culture in the Lockyer Valley.
“You used to rely on your neighbours, but people are independent now,” he said.
“You couldn’t be independent in times past, everyone needed a neighbour, but more and more we were told by government to regard our neighbours not as our friends but as our competitor.”
When Jack wasn’t farming, he was usually engaging in public and community affairs.
“I engaged in just about every committee and dogfight that was in the place, from the Tomato and Veg Growers Association, to hall and school committees,” he said.
A STORY TO TELL: Man of leisure Jack Duncan stands proudly outside of his house in Flagstone Creek.