Beryl Johnston, The Queensland Times history columnist, is photographed in front of a portrait of her late grandfather, John Livingston Auld, who was a mine owner in the late 1800's in Ipswich.
Beryl Johnston, The Queensland Times history columnist, is photographed in front of a portrait of her late grandfather, John Livingston Auld, who was a mine owner in the late 1800's in Ipswich. Claudia Baxter

Leicester man helped to build Ipswich origins

COMMUNITY BUILDER: Pioneer Samuel Shenton.
COMMUNITY BUILDER: Pioneer Samuel Shenton. CONTRIBUTED

BORN in Leicester England on July 8, 1829 was Samuel Shenton. Samuel left England in 1850 on the recommendation of his sister, who had already sailed to Australia.

Samuel's trip from England, in the ship Tartar, took 115 days. Then he had to wait for a fortnight in Sydney, prior to boarding a vessel which brought him to Moreton Bay.

After seven days on this ship, Samuel landed at South Brisbane on March 1, 1851. The next day he came to Ipswich.

On the journey with Samuel, were his mother, sister, niece and the Rev Thomas Deacon.

This number of new chums arriving at one time at Ipswich was quite an event. It brought the population of Ipswich to 800. Samuel Shenton started business as a carpenter and contractor.

One of his first works was P Cardew's residence Rhossilla, then the Wesleyan Church and parsonage.

He also worked as a contractor on the Lands Office, and many other buildings for the government. Later, he gave up contracting and turned his attention to the architectural side of his business.

Samuel Shenton was nominated for the office of alderman for the first Ipswich Council. In 1871/72, he was mayor, a position he again held in 1889.

This early Ipswich settler was involved in many community activities that helped build the foundations of Ipswich.

He was involved in the Ipswich and West Moreton Horticultural and Agricultural Society, the Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Co, the Ipswich Gas and Coke Company, in building societies, and was a trustee of the General Cemetery for the Congregational church.

PUBLIC NOTICE

From March 24, 1908 comes this advertisement: Gordon's Bilious Peas. Mild but thorough. Purely vegetable. Regulate the liver, cleanses the system. Improved health. To really feel well you must have a "Pea" occasionally. One shilling and threepence everywhere, also at WFS Fox and FC Allen chemists, Ipswich.

SYMBOLS

Although the golden wattle (acacia pyncamtha) had been used as Australia's floral emblem since Federation (1901), it was only officially proclaimed in August 1988.

Australia's green and gold were chosen because most representative sporting teams used them. When Singapore was retaken from the Japanese in the Second World War, the first flag to fly was an Australian ensign made secretly by prisoners.

Advance Australia Fair was proclaimed our national anthem, and green and gold our colours, by Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen in 1984.

WORKING BEE

In January 1942, a working bee was held at the Christian Brothers College, St Mary's, Ipswich to prepare air-raid shelters at the convent and college.

"A full attendance of pupils from class five to senior public is desired, and parents, past pupils and friends are invited to assist - during the day, if free, and in the evening from 6pm." Signed: Bro J C Stevens Principle, CBC Ipswich.

FIT FOR A KING

Mr Ernest Baynes of Brisbane was commissioned to select and purchase a horse for his Majesty the King, to be used on the occasion of the King's visit to India in 1911.

Mr Baynes choice was a bay gelding Akbar from the property of Miss Bell of Coochin Coochin. Akbar had won many first and champion prizes on the Brisbane show ring.

REFRIGERATOR

Messrs Sealy, Malcolm and Napier of Harrisville invented and completed the erection of an automatic refrigerator in October, 1897.

This was reported as the first refrigerator invented and constructed in the colony.

GOOD WINE

Messrs GH Wilson and Co, Ipswich shipped for London in 1885, 1200 gallons of M R Le Grands red and white wines.

Three shipments of this Ipswich wine had been previously despatched to the world's capital and were highly spoken of by the experts.



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