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Photo prompts calls for reunion

GOOD MATES: Catching up with some good mates are (from left) Barry Saal, Roger Osborne and Tom Heinemann.
GOOD MATES: Catching up with some good mates are (from left) Barry Saal, Roger Osborne and Tom Heinemann. Nev Madsen

WHEN Mirelle Heinemann submitted an old photo to The Chronicle for the Way We Were section she had no idea the sensation it would cause.

The photo showed a mock debutante ball held by the Mt Tyson Junior Farmers in the early 1960s.

"My phone didn't stop ringing and everyone wanted a reunion," she said.

Recently about 50 former Mt Tyson Junior Farmers travelled from as far away as the Sunshine and Gold Coasts to get together at the Wilsonton Hotel and reminisce about an organisation they all adored.

"It would be 50 years since we last saw some of them and it was great to catch up," she said.

JUNIOR FARMERS: Enjoying the Junior Farmers’ reunion at the Wilsonton Hotel are (from left) Janice Mason, Madalene Nolan, Mary Humphrey, Elizabeth Laine-Freier and Kathy Kennedy.
JUNIOR FARMERS: Enjoying the Junior Farmers’ reunion at the Wilsonton Hotel are (from left) Janice Mason, Madalene Nolan, Mary Humphrey, Elizabeth Laine-Freier and Kathy Kennedy. Nev Madsen

 

"It wasn't just the young people who loved Junior Farmers back then but the whole family would get involved.

"We met each month at the Mt Tyson Hall and would organise fundraisers such as dances and themed nights. We travelled all over Queensland for conferences and even had one conference on a steam train between Brisbane and Cairns."

In the 1960s there were Junior Farmers groups all over the Darling Downs, providing a means for young people to interact and learn more about specific aspects of farming.

ALL SMILES: Sharing a laugh at the Mt Tyson Junior Farmers’ reunion are (from left) John Dooley, Allan Petersen and Kay Greer.
ALL SMILES: Sharing a laugh at the Mt Tyson Junior Farmers’ reunion are (from left) John Dooley, Allan Petersen and Kay Greer.

 

Mrs Heinemann said the group was educational as well as social.

"We were educated about various types of crops and what the plants looked like. We would help set up displays showing all aspects of farming."

Mrs Heinemann said the Mt Tyson Junior Farmers would host another reunion next year.

The Junior Farmers was renamed Rural Youth for information about joining email join@ruralyouth.org.au.

CATCHING UP: Having a great time are (from left) Lyn Osborne, Val Kennedy and Trev Kennedy.
CATCHING UP: Having a great time are (from left) Lyn Osborne, Val Kennedy and Trev Kennedy.

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