Today in history: Calliope rail line moves ahead

ON THIS day (27 November) in Gladstone history: 


At noon today a deputation, consisting of the Mayor (Ald WJ Prizeman, Messrs IS Crow (president of Chamber of Commerce), T Morgan (Vice President), WH Neilson (secretary), and Alderman Brown, waited on Mr Paget at Mr Kessell's residence, and laid before him the railway requirements of the district. Mr Kessell stated that in addition to the desired line through the Calliope Valley they wanted his assistance in connection with a Lands Dept matter concerning the Mount Cannindah Road.


A special meeting of the Gladstone Ambulance Committee unanimously appointed Mr W. V. Coase superintendent and secretary in place of Mr WG Daniel, who recently retired owing to ill-health. Mr Coase was for many years senior bearer at the Gladstone centre. Twenty-four applications were received for the position.


Mr Harry Leach and son arrived in Auckland Creek on Thursday with one of the best catches of reef fish obtained for a long time. In all 3000lb of sweetlip, coral trout, mackerel, emperor, etc, was caught around Heron Island. The whole of the catch was taken by the Gladstone Fisheries and railed the same day to the Brisbane markets.


Obituary: Gladstone lost one of its oldest and best respected residents when Mrs Ellen McCrudden, widow of the late John McCrudden, passed away in the Gladstone District Hospital at the age of 92 years. Deceased was born at Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland, on December 31, 1857. She arrived in Australia in the seventies and after living in Rockhampton for a short period, moved to Miriam Vale where she married her late husband who predeceased her two years ago.