Fam­i­lies join cen­tre’s open­ing cer­e­mony

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS WELCOME -

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.

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