Queanbeyan Eden Monaro Legacy
PO Box 79, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Postal address: PO Box 79, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Phone: (02) 6297 0652
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Certificates of Appreciation
|Certificates of Appreciation recognising the outstanding service to Legacy of two of our longest serving Legatees, Artie Edwards & Jack L’Epagniol. Artie & Jack have served Legacy for 27 & 25 years respectively & are extremely popular members of our FSC Legacy family.|
The presentations were made by the FSC Legacy Secretary, Rod Studholme. Rod expressed the club’s appreciation to Artie & Jack - their contribution epitomises the personal service that is the spirit of Legacy.
|Far South Coast Legacy|
|This Centrefold puts the spotlight on one of our Tura Beach wards, Mrs Peggy Davies. Peggy’s story highlights some very interesting experiences growing up in some very remote locations in Queensland.|
Peggy was born on 20 Aug 1924 in South Brisbane. At the time, her father was the Lighthouse Keeper at Sandy Cape Lighthouse on Fraser Island, & at the tender age of 2 weeks, that is just where Peggy & her sister moved with their parents to live. Peggy’s parents joked that she was christened the day she arrived at Sandy Cape when the lifeboat used to transport them & their supplies was swamped by a huge wave as it arrived at the beach.
Postings for lighthouse duty were usually for a duration of 3 years & the family moved regularly between remote parts of Queensland. From Sandy Cape they moved to Low Isles lighthouse (near Port Douglas) & later to Archer Point (25 miles south of Cooktown). The Archer Point lighthouse was a further 12 miles away.
Life in remote Archer Point was challenging & cyclones were both frequent & frightening. Provisions, including meat & mail, were delivered weekly by aboriginal men on horseback. Visitors to the lighthouses were rather varied, always welcome & included visiting scientists studying the Great Barrier Reef.
Not all arrived by sea … Peggy saw her first Seaplane during these postings. The following picture of an unusual single-engine amphibious biplane comes from Peggy’s collection. One of the aircraft buffs out there might like to let us know what type it was.
Peggy’s family later moved to the beautiful convict-built lighthouse at Cape Moreton. By this time, Peggy & her sister were at boarding school in Brisbane and, unhappily, only visited the family at home during school holidays. Moreton Bay was of course whale territory, adding another dimension to the charms of remote living. Regrettably in many ways, those days also saw the gradual decline in the role of the lighthouse keeper & an eventual move to Brisbane for Peggy & her family.
Peggy met her husband Stanley during WW2 – Stanley served in the Middle East, New Guinea & Borneo. After the war, they moved onto the land at Gympie & later at Eumundi until drought & cyclones forced them away. They later moved to Darwin & were there for the devastation of Cyclone Tracey on Christmas Eve 1974. It seems as though cyclones pursued Peggy throughout much of what has clearly been a very interesting life.
These days, Peggy lives in Tura Beach with her daughter & partner, where she enjoys ‘the quiet life’. She has 8 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren.
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