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    2. Peter Lakeman
    3. Hello subscribers to the australia-obits mailing list. All Rootsweb mailing lists have been nearly dead for the last two or so years. In February this year, Rootsweb upgraded the software that runs their 30,000 or so mailing lists, and after a few teething problems, the system is now up and running. The archives of past posts are gradually being restored, but this may take months. Subscribers may notice minor differences. The main difference for you is that you can register as a subscriber and then be able to adjust options for how you receive emails (e.g. single posts or digests in plain or MIME format, halt mail while on holidays and a few more things). Or you can leave things as they are. As a reminder, the purpose of this mailing list is  for individuals and volunteers to submit or request obituary information for Australia. For questions about the operation of this list, please contact the list administrator at <> To post to this list or respond to a post, use the email address Your list is back up so if you want to keep this list active and going, please post your queries or information to the list. Cheers Peter Lakeman Temporary List Admin

    05/22/2018 10:26:07
    1. Re: [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request
    2. dianna charles via
    3. HI Gail Thanks for that I have contacted Ryerson and they have kindly sent me the death notice, just gave a street name for Coin Deanes death, just trying to find out what happened to his wife now, whether she is still there, remarried, moved on. I'm not sure. Kind regards Dianna -----Original Message----- From: ProClean via Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2016 10:36 PM To: 'Olav and Kathy den Ouden' ; Subject: Re: [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request Get in touch with the Ryerson index. This is a web page. There are volunteers there who may be able to help. They are a wonderful bunch of people. Good luck. My family came from Wellington, near Stuart town so if you have any names i can look up elsewhere feel free to let me know Kind Regards Gail -----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of Olav and Kathy den Ouden via Sent: Sunday, 14 February 2016 7:42 AM To: Subject: [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request Wonder if someone could help me? I am looking for the obituary for a "C. Deane" died on the 25 Jul 1992, buried at Stuart Town, NSW. Sorry I do not know a first name. I have a notation that his wife Patricia lives(d) in Stuart Town. Appreciate any help. Olav H. den OudenKitchener, Ontario, Canada Welcome to the AUSTRALIA-OBITS email list. This list is complimented by ------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message Welcome to the AUSTRALIA-OBITS email list. This list is complimented by ------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message

    02/14/2016 11:49:02
    1. Re: [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request
    2. ProClean via
    3. Get in touch with the Ryerson index. This is a web page. There are volunteers there who may be able to help. They are a wonderful bunch of people. Good luck. My family came from Wellington, near Stuart town so if you have any names i can look up elsewhere feel free to let me know Kind Regards Gail -----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of Olav and Kathy den Ouden via Sent: Sunday, 14 February 2016 7:42 AM To: Subject: [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request Wonder if someone could help me? I am looking for the obituary for a "C. Deane" died on the 25 Jul 1992, buried at Stuart Town, NSW. Sorry I do not know a first name. I have a notation that his wife Patricia lives(d) in Stuart Town. Appreciate any help. Olav H. den OudenKitchener, Ontario, Canada Welcome to the AUSTRALIA-OBITS email list. This list is complimented by ------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message

    02/14/2016 03:36:37
    1. Re: [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request
    2. Sophia Quaedvlieg via
    3. Cemetary name search. Cemetery: Stuart Town NSW Inscription Id: 6724873 Surname: Deane Given Names: C Birth Date: 1938? Death Date: 25 Jul 1992 Age: 54 Gender: Unknown Portion: RC Military Service no: 212900 Remarks: 212900 L/Cpl RAASC -----Oorspronkelijk bericht----- From: ProClean via Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2016 12:36 PM To: 'Olav and Kathy den Ouden' ; Subject: Re: [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request Get in touch with the Ryerson index. This is a web page. There are volunteers there who may be able to help. They are a wonderful bunch of people. Good luck. My family came from Wellington, near Stuart town so if you have any names i can look up elsewhere feel free to let me know Kind Regards Gail -----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of Olav and Kathy den Ouden via Sent: Sunday, 14 February 2016 7:42 AM To: Subject: [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request Wonder if someone could help me? I am looking for the obituary for a "C. Deane" died on the 25 Jul 1992, buried at Stuart Town, NSW. Sorry I do not know a first name. I have a notation that his wife Patricia lives(d) in Stuart Town. Appreciate any help. Olav H. den OudenKitchener, Ontario, Canada Welcome to the AUSTRALIA-OBITS email list. This list is complimented by ------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message Welcome to the AUSTRALIA-OBITS email list. This list is complimented by ------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message

    02/14/2016 05:52:18
    1. Re: [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request
    2. dianna charles via
    3. DEANE Colin Death notice 25 JUL 1992 Death late of Stuart Town Sydney Morning Herald 27JUL1992 Deane C 1938? 25 Jul 1992 54 212900 L/Cpl RAASC RC. I will post your message on our NSW board to see if someone has access to the newspaper to get the actual Death notice. Also you could try the Wellington Family History Society, they maybe able to help as well. -----Original Message----- From: Olav and Kathy den Ouden via Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2016 7:42 AM To: Subject: [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request Wonder if someone could help me? I am looking for the obituary for a "C. Deane" died on the 25 Jul 1992, buried at Stuart Town, NSW. Sorry I do not know a first name. I have a notation that his wife Patricia lives(d) in Stuart Town. Appreciate any help. Olav H. den OudenKitchener, Ontario, Canada Welcome to the AUSTRALIA-OBITS email list. This list is complimented by ------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message

    02/14/2016 02:07:09
    1. [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Obit request
    2. Olav and Kathy den Ouden via
    3. Wonder if someone could help me?   I am looking for the obituary for a "C. Deane" died on the 25 Jul 1992, buried at Stuart Town, NSW.  Sorry I do not know a first name.  I have a notation that his wife Patricia lives(d) in Stuart Town. Appreciate any help. Olav H. den OudenKitchener, Ontario, Canada

    02/13/2016 01:42:19
    1. [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Corless-Kearns
    2. Sophia Quaedvlieg via
    3. Dear members. Is there anyone who has information or is related to James Corless(Carless) and Bridget Kearns (Cairns-Kerrins). The family lived in West Wyalong between 1890-1894 perhaps even after 1894. The couple was born in Galway Ireland and came to Australia but unfortunately no evidence to find. In the family were 9 children but only 3 known by name. James Jr.(1887) where born ?. Ada (1890) and Maria (Mary) (1894) both born in West Wyalong. Father James died before May 1912 because that shows marriage certificate of son James.jr. mother Bridget was still alive then. Son James died in 1947 in Walcha NSW, daughter Ada died in 1953 in Dubbo as Ada Hallcroft. Ada’s death certificate shows no father and her mother is called Kerrins. Archives Galway Ireland shows more births and marriages of a James Corless and a Bridget but there are no death certificates available in Australia of James and Bridget and therefore their parents cannot be found. There is a death certificate of a James Corless (1893) but is not the right one. No newspaper clips in Trove or Ryerson index. All kind of information is welcome. Thank you.

    12/11/2014 12:30:57
    1. [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] QUINN, Patrick Michael
    2. Charmaine Researcher via
    3. Page 10 - The Gatton Star, Tuesday, November 16, 1982 'Paddy' Son of LockyerThe Lockyer District lost its oldest surviving son with the passing of Patrick Michael Quinn better known as Paddy. Paddy died in St Vincent's Hopsital, Toowoomba on August 3 at the age of 97. The late Mr Quinn was the elsest of a family of seven (tow girls and five boys) of Patick and Julia Quinn of East Haldon. His parents came from Tipperary in Ireland and were one of the first settlers in the district. they selected land at East Haldon, which is the name of their property which is now a pecan nut farm. Mr Quinn's brothers all joined the police but Paddy stopped at home and eventually took over the property. On January 31, 1929 Mr Quinn married Mary Redinger of Mount Sylvia and they had a family of six (four girls and two boys).  His wife Mary and three daughters (Marie, Kathleen and Patricia) live in Toowoomba and the other daugher Margaret resides in Nambour.  HIs only surviving brother Dan lives in retirement in Brisbane. He has six grandchildren. His sons Paddy and Kevin still hold land in the district. For almost 27 years Mrs Quinn had the telephone exchange and whne she gave up the job she was given a gold watch by the local residents for her service which was greatly appreciated by her many neighbours. The last Mr Quinn was a lover of good horses and cattle and for many years was on the Gatton Show Committee.  He was a successful landholder and was never afraid to put his hand in his pocket to assist any worthy charity or good cause requiring assistance. Paddy Quinn lived like his ancestors, a good catholic, sincere in his beliefs and ready to defend what he thought was right.

    11/12/2014 08:06:54
    2. Charmaine Researcher
    3. Page 36 Gatton, Lockyer & Brisbane Valley Star Wednesday, November 6, 2013  LEONARD PROFKE: DECEMBER 27,1931- OCTOBER 28, 2013 Lowood farewells local hero THE life of Lowood figure Leonard Profke was honoured at a memorial service held in the Fernvale Lowood Uniting Church on November 1. A man who lived a long and full life, Leonard is held dear by his wife Gleyn, children Ann, James, Cathie and grandchildren Ben and Alex. His memory is preserved through their love, the respect of his wider family and of the broader Fernvale and Lowood communities, where he Iived most of his life. Leonard was the youngest of five children, born to Walter and Sarah Profke, both descendents of prominent early settler families in the Brisbane Valley. He grew up on the family holding. It was there he acquired a lifelong love of church, family, horses and cattle. He had a daredevil attitude with horses and many days were spent riding and mustering at Englands Creek and later at Splityard Dam. After moving his family from Glamorgan Vale to Patrick Estate in 1968, he attended the Lowood Methodist Church and became a committed member of the Fernvale Lowood congregation. Leonard served on church and school committees and was instrumental in helping to bring the Blue Nurses service to the district. Along with Reverend Jim Tame, Dennis Heck and others, Leonard was an initiator of Cattle for the Kingdom. This concept involved church families who owned a cattle herd donating or purchasing a beast to run with their animals to make up a herd for the church, with the profits raised going to church funds. More than 170 members of the community attended Leonard's memorial service to remember a remarkable man. His family knew Leonard Profke lived by a code: "You can't change the Past, so don't look back. Always look forward to the next adventure and have no regrets." Perhaps by adopting his wise words we can all lead - more productive lives and in the process honour Leonard and his life, his wife said.

    11/10/2013 08:25:08
    2. dianna charles
    3. Hi Can anyone help me find an obituary for a Michael BYRNE who was living in King/Pitt St. Sydney. He died in 1827 and was hoping to find an obituary for him. Any help very much appreciated Kind regards Dianna

    08/17/2011 06:08:10
    2. Charmaine Researcher
    3. Page 14 Tuesday, April 26, 2011 The Queensland Times Norman Dixon remembered for his enduring service. Coominya enriched by Iife-long oontribution COOMINYA is poorer for the passing of Norm Dixon but it will be forever richer for his life-long work and family leadership. Mr Dixon passed away at Tabeel Home in Laidley on March 27. He was 92. He had four children, nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Mr Dixon was born to Walter and Ruby Dixon on July 3, 1918 at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane. Along with his three brothers and sisters, Mr Dixon's family moved to Coominya in 1924. The children completed their schooling there. After he finished school, Mr Dixon joined his father and brothers in the timber industry. During the war years, Mr Dixon ran a firewood-cutting mill and the wood was taken by train to Brisbane. He also joined the home guard and trained in his spare time at Brassall. Mr Dixon met up with former school friend Gladys Friedrick and the couple married on January 27, 1945. They settled in Coominya and had four children — Ron, Shirley Pam and Mervyn. In the late fifties, Mr Dixon found the demand for firewood began to slow as electric stoves became more popular. He decided to close the mill and bought a cream run in Boonah. Unfortunately the weather played a part as Queensland went through a severe drought. After three years Mr Dixon and his wife sold the house and run in Boonah and moved back to Coominya, and eventually bought their old house back. Mr Dixon returned to the timber business, cutting timber which was trucked to a mill outside Ipswich. Ron and Merv followed their dad into the industry, and he worked in the bush until he was 65 when he cut his foot severely with a chainsaw. After a bone graft Mr Dixon recuperated over many months and returned to the bush. At 68 he retired but found he wasn't happy with retirement and began working on farms. Gladys passed away when Norm was 75. He continued to live in the family home with son Merv and eventually retired at 84. He loved spending his spare time walking his dogs, exploring areas around Coominya. Peter Foley

    05/06/2011 05:24:14
  1. 08/27/2010 04:31:18
    1. [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Dr Alf HOWARD. Obituary. 1906 Camberwell Victoria - 2010 Brisbane.
    2. Dianne Randell
    3. Obituary Dr Alf HOWARD Scientist Born: April 30, 1906, Camberwell, Victoria. Died: July 4, 2010, Brisbane. The Courier-Mail August 21-22, 2010. Page 92 To say Alf HOWARD was a remarkable man is almost an understatement. The last survivor of Sir Douglas Mawson's expedition to the Antarctic in 1929 and 1930, he last visited the frozen continent aged 85. He was a pioneer in the preserving of foods, received a doctorate in food science after turning 62 (just one of his five science degrees), and finally gave up his honorary research job at the University of Queensland at 97. The son of a customs officer, he grew up in Victoria in the first decade of the 20th century - the so-called heroic age of Antarctic exploration. He was linked to two legends of that era, Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton, by virtue of the ship Discovery. Scott and Shackleton used it on their 1901-1904 expedition, while it carried Dr Howard to Antarctica in 1929. A physics and chemistry postgraduate, he was working at Melbourne University when a former teacher and mentor, Orm Masson, asked him if he wanted to join the British, Australia and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition. Mawson needed a hydrographer and assistant meteorologist. Within 48 hours Dr Howard was on a train for Perth, where he caught a ship to London to study hydrography before joining Mawson in Cape Town. Dr Howard was the youngest member of the team. His work provided important scientific information on the chemistry of the Antarctic seas. 'I had a fair bit to do with Mawson because he dictated every bit of the day-to-day operations,' Dr Howard recently told The Courier-Mail. 'My work was perfectly straightforward. I had a water bottle that was hung over the ship with a wire and which I could lower to any depth I wanted. A biologist would work on one set of samples with a microscope and I'd look at another set and check them for salt, phosphates and sulphates and so on. 'I remember being impressed by the magnitude of the edge of the continent ... but I don't think I was so terribly impressed by the importance of the expedition - I was only 23.' BANZARE laid the ground work for Australia's future claim to almost half of the continent. After returning from the expedition, Dr Howard went back to Melbourne University to continue his work on the chemistry of sea water before branching out into soil analysis, plant physiology and irrigation engineering in Griffiths, NSW (he was a founding member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science). He was later seconded to the war effort, helping the army improve preserved foods for its soldiers, before beginning a long career with the CSIRO (he was officer in charge of its Brisbane meat research laboratory). Among his collection of university qualifications was a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, a PhD in the psychology of food preferences he was awarded in 1968, at the age of 62, and an honorary doctorate, all from the University of Queensland. He eventually retired from the CSIRO in 1971, a year before the death of his wife Elizabeth 'Betsy Jane' Beck, whom he had married in 1933. Dr Howard kept busy in retirement, becoming an honorary research fellow at UQ, writing computer programs for its human movements departments and advising undergraduates on statistics. He donated $80,000 to a computer laboratory in UQ's School of Human Movements Studies several years ago, which now bears his name. UQ's Dr Ian Jobling, who held power of attorney over Dr Howard's affairs, described his friend as a gentle, gracious man. In 1998, Dr Howard was made a Member in the Order of Australia. In 2001 he received an Australian Geographic Society award. He returned to Antarctica with adventurer Dick Smith in 1990-91 and visited the southern polar regions over the next two summers, as well as touring the Arctic in 1994. Dr Howard is survived by a niece, Shirley Howard.

    08/24/2010 10:33:02
    1. [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Carol Gwendoline PELTOLA AM 1952-2010 Obituary
    2. Dianne Randell
    3. Obituaries page 78 The Courier-Mail Thursday July 22, 2010. Carol Gwendoline PELTOLA AM Children's rights campaigner. Born: April 4, 1952, St. George. Died: February 14, 2010, Brisbane. Child welfare her life's work. Community Minded: Carol Peltola spent her life caring for others less fortunate. The first eight years of Carol Peltola's life were wonderful as only a country child's upbringing can be. She spent her early life on a farm, riding horses, completing schoolwork in the shearing shed and helping with mustering. The fourth of five children of Phyllis Mary Gwendoline Cole and the first of two to Maurice Cole, she was born in St George in southwestern Queensland. But at age nine she was sent to boarding school at Dirranbandi, and found this early experience of institutionalised discipline overwhelming. She was only 10 and away at school when her father died from a heart attack. She was not allowed to attend the funeral nor mourn with the family and this influenced her perceptions about grief throughout her life, including the choices she made about involving her own grandchildren in funeral preparations. Her brightly decorated casket carried their drawings and messages. More years at boarding school followed in high school, this time in Toowoomba, where she discovered a much bigger world. Her family then moved to the Gold Coast and she finished her schooling at Miami High where she became a prefect, did modelling and debating, took what were traditionally boys' subjects and was the first Miss Miami High. It was there she first met her future husband, Harri Peltola. They married in 1970 and had three daughters in three years - Rachel, Bianca and Andre. She had three children under three when she received a teaching scholarship at the University of Queensland and, with great understatement, described her time finishing her degree as "a little bit busy". She went on to study as a psychologist specialising in working with children. using her daughters as test cases, she refined her research and investigative skills, receiving an honours degree in 1979. So began her lifelong dedication to children's rights and protection. Ms Peltola later completed a master of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and devoted more than 30 years to improving child safety in Australia. Some of her greatest achievements were the changes she led in NSW in the areas of child protection and out-of-home care. As principal adviser to the Gordon inquiry in Western Australia in 2002, Ms Peltola developed recommendations to reduce family violence and child abuse in remote communities. In the Northern Territory in 2003, she led the process to improve services to remote Aboriginal communities. When she returned to Queensland in 2004 she became inaugural chairwoman of the Palm Island Community Company, and also a member of the Commonwealth Social Security Appeals Tribunal, and the Queensland Children's Services Appeals Tribunal. Ms Peltola put many hours into volunteer work, visiting people living in aged-care facilities, providing friendship and support. She also visited prisoners, talking with them about their experiences and making sure their rights were upheld. With some friends, she started working on the development of a research fund. Her view was that in the same way Aboriginal people have dramatically affected public policy, so too can the experiences of children have an impact on the way we provide care services. The fund will enable a professor at Queensland's Griffith University to spend five years conducting research in the child and family services arena from the child's perspective. And so, her decades of work aimed at improving the lives of children will continue after her death. Ms Peltola was posthumously made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours List this year for her services to the community, She is survived by her husband Harri, her three daughters and her grandchildren, Finn, Ava, Oskar and Tess. Bianca Smalley.

    07/24/2010 02:14:52
    2. Charmaine Researcher
    3. The Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley STAR, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - Page 17 Edwin remembered as one passionate human EDWIN Sippel will be fondly remembered for his love of music, passion for farming and commitment to his Christian faith. Edwin David Sippel was born on July 17, 1926, at the family home Billagoorpa at Long Gully. Ed, as he was widely known, was the oldest son of August Wilhelm and Emma Sippel (nee Muller). He was one of seven children, four girls and three boys. He grew up at Long Gully and was baptised and confirmed at St John's Lutheran Church in Minden. He attended Hatton Vale State School until the age of 14 when he went to help his dad on the farm. He was taught the piano at Minden and would ride his horse 10 a miles each week for lessons. He was later asked to join the Minden Brass Band and was given a cornet and a tutor book to learn the fingering which he mastered. Mr Sippel's natural musical ability together with his keen ear for music enabled him to teach himself to play the organ, violin and mouth organ. During band practice he was distracted by the smile of a pretty young lady Vera Schimke, who became his wife in 1948. The pair had six children together: Judith, John (dec), Rodney (dec), Lester, Errol and Lois. In 1955, they purchased Vera's parents' farm at Coolana and made their living by dairying, fattening pigs, and growing lucerne for fodder, crops of corn, pumpkin, onions and beetroot. In 1961 the old homestead was demolished and the present home was built. Mr Sippel was actively involved with the church, playing the organ at services for more than five decades. He taught Sunday school for just as long. He was also a church elder and congregational chairman. His grandchildren fondly remember celebrating Christmas Day at the Sippel farm with a family lunch and a game of cricket. Edwin passed away on June 22, aged 83 years and is survived by his two sisters Ruth and Ida, brother Reuben, four children and their partners — Judith and Graeme, Lester and Gayle, Errol and Elaine and Lois and Greg, 13 grandchildren and their partners, and four great- grandchildren.

    07/10/2010 08:30:34
    1. [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] Waldema / Waldemar Johnson cemetery search
    2. Amanda Curran
    3. Dear SKS I am searching for the burial / Crem of Waldemar Thomas Johnson said to have died at Sunshine, Vic, year ???. Have searched the Vic BD&M's but can't find him etc... Waldemar born 1892 Balmain, NSW father Henry Johnson and Mary Ann ?? Said to have had 3 marriages, I can only find 2. 1st marriage to Ethel Jane Bennetts in 1922 Drummoyne, NSW. 2nd Sheila Phyllis Ruby Byrne 1915 Horsham, Vic Sheila died 2006, have no idea where she is buried. Any help is very much appreciated. Best wishes Amanda

    06/29/2010 02:27:42
    1. [AUSTRALIA-OBITS] William Alfred PEAKE and his wife Patricia Josephine nee LYNAGH
    2. Charmaine Researcher
    3. Wednesday, February 3, 2010 The Courier-Mail - Page 91 OBITUARIES War-time romance endured William Alfred Peake Businessman Born: January 7, 1915, Brisbane Died: December 22, 2009, Brisbane Patricia Josephine Peake (nee Lynagh) Teacher Born: February 6,1917, Toowoomba Died: November 4, 2009, Brisbane BILL Peake's unit was strafed, bombed and shelled during the Battle of Milne Bay - the first in the Pacific campaign in which Allied troops decisively defeated Japanese land forces - but when he returned home, he insisted he wasn't a hero. Yet he was the glue that helped keep the unit together and was promoted to captain when the commander disappeared at the height of the naval shelling. He recalled that the worst part was hearing the whine of the shells and not knowing where they would land. The torrential rain didn't help morale either, with the troops being drenched by the equivalent of several Brisbane summer storms every day. Mr Peake landed in New Guinea with 7 Infantry Brigade. There he organised convoys to take hundreds of tonnes of ammunition, petrol and food from the wharf to the Kittyhawk fighter squadrons at Gurney Strip, as well as to the frontline troops stationed further along the bay. His modesty about his role in one of the turning points of World War II meant he never marched on Anzac Day, but he always attended mass on the anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay to remember the Diggers who died around him or in the jungle on the Kokoda Track. Mr Peake was the first of three children for Alfred Marwood Peake, born in Roma in 1880, and Catherine Fitzpatrick, who came from Ireland. He was educated at St Columban's in Clayfield, which has since moved. His determination became apparent as soon as he left school amid the Great Depression when he wore out several pairs of shoes walking the city to knock on employers doors. His break came when his father, a bespoke tailor working from a second- floor shop overlooking Albert St, asked a regular customer to give his lad a job at his car dealership. That led to the teenager riding a bicycle all over the rapidly growing city to deliver spare parts to mechanics. The bikes didn't have gears, the riders didn't have helmets and trams were a constant danger. He packed a lot into every week - keeping fit on the bike, studying accountancy at night school, sailing on the river and training with the Army Reserve. His organisational skills and accountancy training gained him the position of accountant at Victoria Cross, a jam maker that had a factory on Logan Road at Buranda, and later a similar post at Medical Benefits Fund. He liked the idea that MBF staff were not there to make profits but to serve the members of the fund. During 23 years at MBF he was promoted to operations manager and steered the expansion of branches throughout Queensland. Mr Peake had met his soulmate, a, young teacher by the name of Patricia "Josie" Lynagh, when he was stationed at Enoggera Army Base shortly before he was sent to war. They were married for 67 years and lived at Camp Hill. When the children were at school Mrs Peake went back to teaching at St Thomas' Catholic Primary School. She worked there for 20 years until she retired in the same month as her husband. A tragic setback for the couple was the death in 1993 of their eldest son, Paul, who was a doctor at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and a pioneer of the QES Helicopter Rescue. William and Patricia both retired in 1979 and did voluntary work for Legacy and Meals on Wheels, while Mr Peake was always available to advise neighbours and friends about financial matters. Mrs Peake passed away late last year and Mr Peake died seven weeks later. It seemed to the family that he died of a broken heart, not being able to bear to spend Christmas without his beloved Josie. Mr and Mrs Peake are survived by two children, Barry and Ross, daughter-in-law Susan and six grandchildren.

    06/11/2010 02:25:33
    2. Charmaine Researcher
    3. Wednesday, March 10, 2010 The Courier-Mail - Page 69 OBITUARIES Dogs were her devotion Jan Edwards Dog breeder, kennel owner Born: March 22, 1940, Kingaroy Died: February 12, 2010, Brisbane IF YOU have ever taken your pet for a "holiday", there is a good chance it was at one of Jan Edwards' well-known kennels. To say she was a dog lover would do no justice to Mrs Edwards, a prominent beagle and foxhound breeder, international and national judge, and co-owner of Brisbane's Moggill Pet Motel and Pets-R-Going Transport Company. Dogs were not always such a large part of her life, however. The daughter of a pharmacist father and a mother who was a highly gifted pianist, she and her brother Bruce spent many hours as children learning to play the piano, sitting for music exams and playing in eisteddfods. She also took dancing and speech lessons. Those early years were spent at Kingaroy before she went to board at Brisbane's Clayfield College. She wanted to be a nurse after finishing school and worked at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and then the Princess Alexandra Hospital, finally graduating as a double-certificated sister in 1961. She was interested in midwifery and in those days training was done at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, but when her father fell ill with pancreatic cancer she had to return to Queensland. Although she had kept horses since the 1960s, it was the canine world which took up more and more of her time over the past half a century. She dabbled in almost every aspect of the dog world, including a two-decade stint at pet food makers Uncle Ben's, where she handled public relations, advertising, marketing and nutritional advice for both cats and dogs. Much of her contribution to the canine community was shared with Peter Edwards, whom she met in 1980 and married six years ago. Together they bought the Moggill Pet Motel in 1990, which Mr Edwards still owns, and three years later the Durack Pet Motel. Then, a decade ago, they also bought the Noosa Pet Resort. While at Uncle Ben's she was busy with dogs in her spare time, importing beagles and foxhounds from England for breeding. She went on to export the breeds back to Britain, as well as to New Zealand and South Africa. Her first pedigree beagle arrived on the scene in 1963 and after joining the Canine Control Council (Queensland), also known as Dogs Queensland, she started showing and breeding under the prefix "Mingus". Foxhounds were later added to her growing pack. For a short time she also bred Australian cattle dogs, but it was her skill in breeding and showing beagles and foxhounds that resulted in her becoming justifiably famous in dog circles. One of the highlights came in 1998, during her four-year stint as president of the Beagle Club of Queensland, when the club organised the fourth Beagle National at Durack in Brisbane. During her earlier years Mrs Edwards was also secretary of the Hound Club of Queensland and show secretary of the dog section of the Brookfield Show Society. After the CCCQ began its Dog of the Year competition in 1990, Mrs Edwards became an active member of the competition sub- committee, and was appointed chairwoman in 2002. She did a tremendous job, and l many of those present at last year's Dog of the Year finals believed it was the best ever held. Much of that work was achieved while she was still at Uncle Ben's. When she retired from the company in 1998 she was able to fully devote her considerable energies to helping Peter run their kennels. They also participated in Pet Expo, where they made many converts to the cause of pedigree dogs, and set up the Pets-R- Going Transport Company. The Royal Queensland Show presented another opportunity to win over the hearts of the public. Mrs Edwards acted as a steward in the dog section and as a ring announcer. The CCCQ continued to play a big role in her life and four years ago she was appointed a CCCQ councillor and was made a life member in 2007. She followed that up by clinching an appointment as a Queensland and Australian All Breeds judge two years ago. Mrs Edwards is survived by her husband Peter, children Marcia, Amelia and Ben, and grand- children Jasmine, Jenna, Jacqueline, Josephine and Leah.

    06/11/2010 12:59:23
    2. Charmaine Researcher
    3. The Fassifern Guardian, Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - Page 15 {Note :- this paper is dated 2009 which must be a typo so I've changed it to 2010.} A tribute to a long and worthy life VALE Ruby Gutke Oct 10 1907 - Feb 17 2010 ON February 17, 2010 a long and worthy life on this earth came to an end with the passing of Ruby Gutke, aged 102. Born on October 10, 1907, Ruby Dorothea Pfeffer was the fourth child of Auguste Pfeffer (nee Richter) and Frederick Pfeffer In due course she was to have eleven siblings - five sisters and six brothers, all of whom reached adulthood. Ruby attended school at Charlwood and when her older brothers moved away, helped on the farm. As a little girl she broke her arm and, again recently told of being taken to the doctor at Boonah in the sulky between her Mum and Dad, then a journey of an hour and a half, now a trip of barely 15 minutes. On September 19, 1927 Ruby married Albert Gutke also of Charlwood. They made their home in Charlwood where Albert and his brother August were already engaged in the farming enterprise of Gutke Brothers. While most farmers were busy with dairying and pig raising, Gutke Bros chose to pioneer with growing crops and chiefly potatoes and pumpkins. They worked hard and long hours and were on the leading edge of the transition from horses to machinery They also pioneered spray irrigation in this district. The success of the farming enterprise enabled Albert and Ruby to establish a block of flats at Redcliffe which they named 'Charlwood Flats". Their chief recreation was motoring of a Sunday. Due to petrol rationing during and after World War II they had their big 'Buick' lifted out with a gass-producer. In 1972 they sold their farming interests and moved to Bona Vista Avenue, Boonah. For some years both Ruby and Albert drove school buses for 'Fassifern Coaches' (originally Charlwood Bus Company) at that time owned by their son Keith. In July 1994 Ruby was pre-deceased by Albert, then aged 93, but continued to live in her home until October 2008, when she had a severe fall. Following seven weeks in Boonah Hospital she was transferred to Star Gardens Nursing Home in Beaudesert in December 2008. She maintained the status quo fairly well until the last day of 2009 when she suffered a stroke resulting in gradual deterioration for seven weeks. Ruby was an industrious person with a way of 'getting things done'. She was a devoted wife and mother and an exemplary homemaker Ruby could be stern and resolute when she decided that attitude to be necessary However; she had an outgoing approach to life and frequently displayed a keen sense of humour. She appeared to enjoy helping people in need and for many years was active in the CWA. Ruby and Albert had four children, Keith of Boonah, Maureen (Mrs Stephan) Kalbar, Sylvie (Mrs Somers) of Sydney and Robert of Boonah. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren and her two youngest brothers, Collin, Charlwood and Selwyn, Boonah. A private burial in the Boonah General Lawn Cemetery on February 22, 2010 preceded a well attended memorial service in the Boonah Baptist Church at which Ruby's nephew Rev Reg Niebling officiated. - Contributed

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    3. OBITUARIES Courier-Mail 12 or 13 Dec, 2009 Mervyn BRIESCHKE Dairy farmer. Light Horseman Born: July 31, 1917, Esk Died: December 3, 2009, Ipswich MERV Brieschke's life was defined by his family, hard work , and church, three values imbued in him by his parents Fred and Hedwig. He was the eldest child born into a farming family and worked the land himself for half a century, rarely leaving the Esk-Toogoolawah district except for a few holidays after his retirement. His faith was the compass that guided his life along with his love of farming, something he was immersed in as a youngster along with his only other sibling, younger brother Ruben, who died three years ago. After leaving Mt Beppo State School he moved around the district as farm work became available, and when his parents sold their property and shifted to Coombardie to a share farm he went with them. In 1938 he enlisted in the legendary Australian Light Horse at Toogoolawah, undertaking training in Brisbane and Caloundra where the recruits swam the horses in the surf at Kings Beach. But farming was in his blood and when he wasn't needed for active service, he returned to the family property at Coombardie and married Irene Dargusch. He worked it with his parents from 1943. He and Irene meanwhile started their own family, raising two sons - Barry and Glen. The Brieschke clan shifted again, this time to Harlin, where the young couple had daughters Dawn and Joan. Their next relocation, to Cressbrook in 1951, was much more enduring with that property becoming their home for the following 30 years. Dairy farming was hard work for the adults, what with fluctuating prices for milk, wild weather, crippling dry spells, stiff competition and constantly increasing costs for farm equipment and other essentials. But despite that it was lots of fun for the children who spent their days climbing hay bales, swimming and fishing in nearby creeks, and caring for the farm animals. As the sons grew older they helped with the milking, branding, cattle breeding, ploughing, fencing and the other jobs that keep a property going. It must have been a great , upbringing as both boys grew ` up to succeed Mr Brieschke as farmers themselves. Mr Brieschke never considered swapping his chosen career for another despite its hardships. In his long period on the land he oversaw some big advances in agriculture. Cressbrook was the first property in the district to have herringbone bails and flood irrigation, among other innovations. While the family lived at Cressbrook all the children married, returning regularly with armfuls of grandchildren who made cubby houses in the rhubarb plants and generally got up to good-natured mischief. However, dairying had to I come to an end eventually and in 1981 Mr Brieschke and Irene retired to a Queenslander in Toogoolawah where they switched from farming to creating a wonderful garden which was the envy of their neighbours. For the next two decades they enjoyed themselves visiting friends and family, helping at the Alkira nursing home and participating in activities at the Esk social club. The Brieschkes seemed set to enjoy a golden sunset on their lives when tragedy struck after they were returning from a doctors appointment in Ipswich on September 25, 2001. Merv, Irene and their son Barry were involved in a car accident which killed Irene and Barry and left Mr Brieschke in hospital. He was so badly injured he could not attend the funeral of his wife of 58 years and that of his first-born son. The rest of the Brieschke clan stepped in to care for him and he was eventually able to live by himself. He showed immense courage while trying to make a new life for himself, but it was difficult as he never fully recovered from his injuries and the loss of his wife. People would often remark about how well he looked, to which he often responded: "Looks are deceiving." He was able to keep on living at home until November when complications from prostate cancer meant he had to move into the Bundaleer nursing home in Ipswich, where he could receive ongoing medical attention in his last weeks. Mr Brieschke is survived by three of his children, 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

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