Music ever in the heart of Ipswich

IN THEIR DEBT: Two women who brought music to the fore in Ipswich were Thelma Marsh (Larter) and Nancy Jones (White).
IN THEIR DEBT: Two women who brought music to the fore in Ipswich were Thelma Marsh (Larter) and Nancy Jones (White). Contributed

FROM Ipswich's past history, we learn that "The North Australian Band performed on the veranda of the North Star Hotel, Brisbane St, and every Wednesday evening from 7-9pm and on Thursday evening before the Royal Hotel, South St from 4.30-7pm". This was news from November 1857.

Further news of entertainments were: choral concerts were initiated by Rev L H Ramsay and Mr Julius Hainberger and were held in St Paul's Sunday School a moderately sized brick building which occupied the site on the corner of Brisbane and Nicholas Sts. As the years rolled on with the Welsh community leading the way, Ipswich gained fame as a musical centre from 1887 when the first eisteddfod was held at Blackstone. In an article by Ern Patrick in The Queensland Times many years later, he named some of the more prominent people who contributed so much to our musical heritage. He named Jack Henry, Fred Bowers, Horace Harper, Jimmy Wardrop and Jack Butt band leaders; Nancy Jones (White), Thelma Larter (Marsh), Myffanwy Sullivan, Lyla McGuire, Alan Carter, Gomer Jones choir conductors.

Dick Hosking, Bill Henderson, the Whybirds and others who helped to make the Ipswich Salvation Army Band one of the best in the Commonwealth. Accompanists and music teachers Nancy Jones, Thelma Larter, Edna Siemon and Rene Nisbett. Others mentioned in Mr Patrick's article were Josie Bytheway, Connie Buchan, Margaret Barton, Valerie Cooney and the Cornish family.

Of course, there are many others he did not name, but the reputation of our talented citizens is being carried on in song, instrument, drama and dance by our current crop of talented performers. Ipswich was and is a City of great performers, many of whom have achieved world renown. Congratulations to one and all.



THE second section of the Brisbane Valley railway, connecting the metropolis with the little town of Esk was opened in August 1886 by the Hon. W Miles, Minister for Public Works.

This section which was 21 miles in length was started in June 1884 and the total cost of construction was 49,000 pounds.

The steepest gradient was of one in 50 while the sharpest curve was a five chain radius. Three stations were constructed i.e. Tarampa, Belle Vue and Buaraba. Mr H F Brigg was contractor. The total distance from Ipswich to Esk was 43 miles and in 1886 it was proposed to run one train daily each way, while a second train began a daily service between Ipswich and Fernvale. When the train arrived at the Esk platform, there were cheers; the firing of detonating signals and the ringing of the engine bell.



FROM 1886 comes news of the way to cure a toothache. It read "A medical paper says that a good way to cure a toothache is to place a silver coin on one side of the gum and a small piece of zinc on the other side. A weak galvanic current is generated which relieves the pain".



THE ceremony of naming and handing over two new bridges spanning Lockyer Creek took place at the Lake Clarendon Estate on February 7, 1902. The ceremony was considered to be unique in Queensland's history, as it was rarely that such a dual ceremony was performed. One bridge was situated at Jordans Crossing on the main road from Gatton to the Estate; the other was at Krauts Crossing, a few miles lower down the creek on the main Laidley and Forest Hill Road. The construction of the bridges had been undertaken by the Tarampa Divisional Board and the contractor was Mr J P Fitzpatrick. A bottle of wine was broken on the Jordans Crossing Bridge and was named the Kings Bridge after His Majesty King Edward VII and Krauts Crossing Bridge became the Lake Clarendon Bridge.



ON November 3, 1915 an "Illuminated Address" and a purse of sovereigns were presented to the Hon James Blair in the Ipswich Town Hall. James Blair had represented Ipswich in State Parliament for the previous 13 years.

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