Times Past with QT history columnist Beryl Johnston.
Times Past with QT history columnist Beryl Johnston. Claudia Baxter

Memories of Mick flow

IN 1954 Ipswich swimmer Val Whybird won the city's first state diving championship and Ann L'Estrange was runner-up.

Both the girls had been coached by Mick Cannon.

During the winter months, Mick had been out at a swimming hole in Bremer River, a stones throw from Lynch's Crossing. He found the depth of the place was 20ft without touching bottom so he thought that if there was a diving board there it would be an excellent area to train lots of divers.

If this could be done, then Mick and his diving students wouldn't need to travel to the Valley Pool in Brisbane for practice.

Mick Cannon stated that Ipswich had had only one boy in the Queensland championship.

He was Max McMillan. Also mentioned as senior men were Jim Newell and Mick, himself, who had once come second in the state test for representation at the Australian titles. Mick also had represented Ipswich in the Warren Pennant competition against Toowoomba.

As Mick said: "One of the main reasons for doing diving training was to foster diving and give the kids a change. So enthusiastic was Mick about diving that he was willing to train the lads free of charge.


Talk about lengthy!

TELEPHONE to Mt Crosby ... longest line in Queensland. On August 27, 1891, it was recorded that communication had just been established on the longest telephone line in Queensland.

This connected the Mt Crosby Works with the Waterworks office in Brisbane.

The line was laid as far as Taringa on the telegraph poles and from there to the works there was a special line that had just been completed by R H Moffat, of Toowong.

Messrs Beak and Thomas, agents for the Berthon-Ader instruments group, had supplied the telephone equipment.


Honour board unveiled

ON FEBRUARY 17, 1917, members of Loyal George Lodge PAFSOA arranged a dual function, the installation of the newly elected officers and the unveiling of an honour board in Brassall Methodist Church.

Among those present were the Mayor T J Smith, the mayoress, Bro G H Shillto, chairman of Grand Trustees Bro J Allen Grand, treasurer Bro P W Cameron, the Rev W Little and Bro J Reid.

The following officers were installed: Bros Harold Scott, George Clem, R Hunter, H T Brigden, J Curtain, H Standfast, H Ardron, W Vogel, C Stanfast, J Wratten and R Meggitt.

Bro R E Mason said that when the lodge was formed in 1913, there were 25 members and in 1916 the number had risen to 90.

The honour board was draped with the Union Jack. The flag, during the ceremony, was removed by Sisters Palmer and Harper.

Names on the honour board were Bros G Watson, G Mitchell, L Marstaeller, J McEwan, D Jeffrey, A Jeffery, H Jeffery, A Careless, W Gadd, H Hepas, W Webb and F Litzow.

The honour board had been made by Mr Brigden and the writing and polishing were done by Thomas Malcolm.


Songbirds tuned in

IPSWICH Girls Central School Choir won The Courier Mail under-15 school choir championships for the third time in succession at the City of Brisbane Eisteddfod on July 22, 1955. Conductor of the choir was Hazel Wiggers.

Others from Ipswich who gained success in the eisteddfod were: recitation with musical accompaniment (under-16) Gloria Kaiser Ipswich 1st, Zelma Weatherhog Brassall 2nd, verse speaking youths 16 and under 21 Kevin Steele Booval 1st; vocal duet under-16 Desley Brown and K Hastings, Ipswich, 3rd.


Boy scouts start patrol

A STEP towards the extension of the Boy Scout movement in Ipswich was made in January, 1910.

Major CAH Watson, scoutmaster for Ipswich, met some boys at the drill shed on Milford St with the object of forming scout patrols in the area.

Each patrol was to consist of five or six scouts, a corporal and a leader, and each scout would have to provide his own outfit at a cost of 10 shillings.

Major Watson said he would not organise scout patrols in conjunction with schools as he preferred to have boys who were apprentices and were aged between 12 and 18.


Oceans' fall to end world

ON FEBRUARY 23, 1899, Robert Ball, an eminent astronomer, made the startling prediction that the end of the world would be occasioned by the fall of the oceans into the centre of the earth.

Mr Ball said it was possible that, with a gigantic crack in the bottom of the sea, the entire volume of the ocean would be precipitated to the centre of the earth.

He declared the eruption to follow would destroy all life.

Another thought from Mr Ball was that in the past ages, when the earth was moving at a terrific speed, part of it flew off and created the moon.

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