Unearthing gems in Ipswich
TALES told and photos revealed at the gathering of Ipswich “descendants” yesterday may unearth some hidden gems in the city's history.
About 150 descendants of early settlers before 1890 were invited to the Ipswich City Council-hosted event at the Civic Centre.
Fay Beasley, the great-granddaughter of former mayor Robert Tallon, was keen to learn more of the “early days”.
“I was interested to hear stories other people had to tell,” Ms Beasley said.
“My great-grandfather was the mayor when the first town bridge was put across the Bremer. His bakery was on The Terrace.”
Guest speaker and historian Joyce Phillips has written two books about her family's involvement in Ipswich mines. Her current research centres on Ipswich women of the 19th century.
“There are so few records,” she said. “I think it's difficult to know where you are now, and where you might go in the future if you don't know where you've come from. That's not just families, it's countries as well.”
Council's Planning and Development Committee chairman Councillor Paul Tully said the success of yesterday's event would lead to similar gatherings.
“I think many more individuals and families would have descendants dating back to 1890,” he said.
“As part of our 150-year celebrations, it is important to maintain our links to the past through the generations of Ipswichians who made the city what it is today.”