Ipswich settler’s family reconnect at Harrisville reunion
HARRISVILLE was buzzing with excitement as a large group of proud Hines descendants celebrated their family's 150th year in the district with a large reunion.
Descendants of Charles William Hines, who settled in Mutdapilly in 1865, got together for the reunion at the Harrisville School of Arts on Sunday.
Mr Hines came to Australia as a prisoner in 1842 and, after serving his time, he eventually made his way to the "Ipswich Reserve" and settled in Mutdapilly.
Once he settled, Charles married Lucy Smith and had six children.
His great-great-granddaughter Melanie Griffiths said the event was a huge success with more than 100 people coming from as far as Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.
"We had six tables, one for each of their children," she said.
"I met family members of all generations I had never met before which was really nice."
The event organiser said many people who attended the reunion found out things about their family's history they never knew before.
"I learned a lot," she said.
"We had memorabillia from each family on the six tables and everyone really got into it.
"It was a really good day."
Ms Griffiths said her uncle, Don Hines - who still lives on the original land that was settled by Charles Hines - played a key role in getting the large extended family together.
Thanks to the success of Sunday's event, Ms Griffiths said she hoped to host another reunion next year.