Families join centre’s opening ceremony
FAMILIES are the most important part of a community and the Pikedale Soldier Settlement was no exception.
The returning war weary soldiers would have leapt at the chance to settle their families in such a peaceful setting after the horrors they had endured.
It was no picnic for these families; they had only the most basic of essentials.
Often they had no farming knowledge and had to learn as they went along. Their homes in the beginning could have been bark huts and during a Granite Belt winter there must have been severe hardship.
Drought, floods, poor crops, lack of knowledge and exhaustion probably caused many to abandon the land but enough persevered and their descendants are still here today, maybe not on their family land but still living on the Granite Belt.
At one time during the 70s there were children at the Amiens State School who represented 17 of those early families.
The descendants of the original Pikedale Soldier Settlers will be invited to place a sprig of rosemary at the base of the Soldier Settler Memorial during the Armistice Day service on November 11, 100 years after those soldiers headed back to the land of golden wattle and eucalyptus.
It is astounding how many times someone will tell you their grandfather, father or uncle was a Pikedale Soldier Settler.
They certainly helped to populate the region.
It is our aim to compile a record of all those pioneers, their stories, good and bad so whenever their descendants visit the Amiens Legacy Centre, they will be able to access their family history.
The Amiens Legacy Centre, at the corner of Amiens and Goldfields roads, is preserving the lives, loves and histories of these wonderful forbears.
Be part of the official opening of the centre of from 10.30am during the service commemorating the 100th anniversary of that first Armistice and tell your family’s story.
BACK WHEN: The Calvert Family home Amiens around 1920.