Jack still calls Flag­stone home

Coun­try­man Jack Dun­can chats about his farm life

Gatton Star - - Life - By FRAN­CIS WITSENHUYS­EN

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.

PHOTO: FRAN­CIS WITSENHUYS­EN

A STORY TO TELL: Man of leisure Jack Dun­can stands proudly out­side of his house in Flag­stone Creek.

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