- House of Happiness (Bribie Island
- Lions Clubs
- Meetings: Bribie Island Preservation - Committee
- Queensland Country Womens Association (QCWA)
- Rotary Clubs
- RSL Services Club
- RSL War Veterans Home (Caboolture
- Senior Citizens Centres
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House of Happiness (Bribie Island)
In 1973, construction of the House of Happiness, a $150,000 holiday home for handicapped and under-privileged children was progressing well ahead of schedule in Clement Street Woorim, Bribie Island. The project had been commenced in 1967 by the Brisbane Tram & Bus Employees Union, which had been associated with helping children since 1951. (TNNCN, April 11, 1973).
An estimated 1,000 people thronged the grounds of the House of Happiness when it was officially opened on November 23, 1973 by His Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Air Marshall Sir Colin Hannah. (TNNCN, November 28, 1973).
In February 1974, the House of Happiness was calling for people to take mothers and children who had lost their homes in the floods on car trips to cheer them up. (TNNCN, February 13, 1974).
Bribie Island Lions Club
In March 1970, Bribie Island Lions Club was established with Mr. Ed Bellamy as foundation chairman and Councillor O. Fluck as charter night chairman. (TCN, March 25, 1970).
In March 1976, Bribie Island Lions Club was given the green light for its proposal to build a community centre on land in Arcadia Avenue. The government granted five-sixths of the total cost of the project, estimated at about $290,000, (TNNCN, March 3, 1976). In April 1976, Caboolture Shire Council agreed to back the project to the extent of $25,000 to be included in the initial money raised. (TNNCN, April 21, 1976).
Caboolture Lions Club
The Caboolture Lions Club was formed on October 23, 1973, with 46 members and guests present. (TNNCN, October 31, 1973).
On June 22, 1974, Caboolture Lions Club had a “sawdust bowl”, which was a small rainwater tank, at St Joseph’s school fete. Enthusiasts (for a price) could jump in and dig around in the sawdust to find some surprise gifts. (TNNCN, July 3, 1974).
In July 1974, the Caboolture speedway ground at Moodlu was packed with 1,000 people for a steam train picnic hosted by the Caboolture Lions Club. It was one of the biggest family events of the year on the Near North Coast and more than $2,500 was raised. The train ride was full of thrills which included a mock train holdup staged by endurance and pony club riders. (TNNCN, July 24, 1974).
From 1975 to 1976, the Caboolture Lions Club raised more than $5,680 for community service. (TNNCN, August 11, 1976).
Late in November 1977, the Caboolture Lions Club held a mini Olympics sports day to raise funds for a wheelchair for Allan Howard. There was a tug of war, a chariot race, broom throwing (ladies) a 50 metre dash for people 30, 40, 50 and over 60, a sack race, a mixed 25 metre relay, wheelbarrow derby, ball games (again, ladies), a medley consisting of a tyre race, piggy back race,wheelbarrow race and a three legged race, plus pony rides. (TNNCN, November 30, 1977).
Lions Club 1979 P0444
Photograph courtesy of The Caboolture News
In 1979, the Bribie Island Lions Club members gave a
4.5 metre canoe to the district boy scouts. At the Presentation are :
re From the Left. Lions President – Mr. Stan Muldoon, Scouts - Greg Freeman
and Mark Aitken, District President of Scouting – Mr. Allan Bruce.
Meetings: Bribie Island Preservation Committee
In August 1971, a Bribie Island Preservation Committee meeting turned into a fracas, with the secretary admitting a fight went on between him and 2 or 3 other people. He sustained facial injuries and a groin injury. He alleged that 2 men and a woman attacked him, punching him repeatedly about the face and gouging an eye. The matter had apparently been reported to the police. (TCN, August 25, 1971).
Queensland Country Womens Association (QCWA)
In August 1976, it was announced that a meeting was to be held in September to decide the fate of the Woodford QCWA, which had been established in 1935. (TNNCN, August 25, 1976).
On May 30, 1977, Member for Caboolture, Des Frawley, opened the extensions to the Deception Bay QCWA. Membership had by then reached 50. The extensions were debt free. (TNNCN June 8, 1977).
Wamuran QCWA P1033
Photograph courtesy of Mrs. P.M. Embrey
Circa 1970. Members of the QCWA (Wamuran branch) catering.
People in the photograph from left to right – I.M. Lindsay,
Ruth Jackson, Olive Lindsay, Doreen Carseldine, Elsie Mercer, Marg Child,
Edna Whiting, Bernice Whiting.
In August 1976, the Rotary Club of Caboolture raised $2,425.75 for community service. This was in addition to many man hours of service, involvement in the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp, Study Girl International and the Rotary Exchange Student Scheme. The president for 1975 to 1976 was John Maloney, who relinquished the position to Noel Saxby. (TNNCN, August 18, 1976).
In June 1977, the Rotary Club of Caboolture instituted an award recognizing outstanding service by local people to the community. There was a short list of 3: Ross Wolfenden, Jack Lindsay and Shirley Lacey. The award went to Jack Lindsay. (TNNCN, June 8, 1977).
RSL Services Club
August 1977 saw the RSL Services Club’s $200,000 modernisation project almost completed. Club president Jim Smith said the whole job should be completed by the end of October or early in November. (TNNCN, August 17, 1977).
The first pour of the foundations for the new RSL Services Club had taken place in December 1976. It was the biggest single pour that the concrete supplier, Caboolture Concrete Company, had ever made on a building. (TNNCN, October 12, 1977).
RSL War Veterans Home (Caboolture)
On May 9, 1970, Mr Justice Hoare, former member of the War Veterans Home Committee, opened the Sir Raymond Huish wing at the RSL War Veterans Home. Mr. Hoare was deputizing for State Governor Sir Alan Mansfield. No locals took part in the ceremony or were included in the official party. Afternoon tea was held in the grounds and the Northern Command Band played. Alex Barr and wife Edna attended. (TCN, May 13, 1970).
In April 1972, the Mt Mee RSL Club building was sold for $392.18. Sale proceeds were given to Caboolture War Veterans Home. (TCN, April 19, 1972).
The Caboolture RSL War Veterans Committee in 1972 consisted of: W.C. Kynaston, MBE, (Superintendent f the RSL War Veterans Home) E.E. Winter, (Chairman) N.L. Land, Matron Knudsen, P.C. Roberts, (State Treasurer) C.R. Boden, R. deGipps, A. Sully, B.N. Berry, L. Dodwell, B. MacDonald, W. Rutherford, M.B.E., and G. Jensen. (TCN, May 24, 1972). In The Caboolture News, June 1, 1972, it was reported that E.E. (Ted) Winter had received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Senior Citizens Centres
The promotion dinner for the Bribie Island Senior Citizens’ Golden Age Home project was held on Bribie Island on November 5, 1976, at the Blue Pacific Hotel. At the end of the night, the amount already raised for the project had reached more than $44,000. Caboolture Shire Council contributed $25,000 and the Bribie Island Lions Club $15,000. Meals on Wheels gave $1,000. Bribie Island Lions Ladies gave $500 and the Bribie Pensioners’ League gave $200. (TNNCN, November 10, 1976).
Republic of Bribie Island
In a novel fundraising move, in December 1976, Edwin Schrag and Phyl Schrag were crowned president and First Lady of the Republic of Bribie Island, to raise funds for the Golden Age project. The centre would be built at Woorim. A rock festival went on till midnight.Visitors from the mainland could obtain visas for only $1 from the Embassy situated in First Avenue, Bongaree. T-shirts with the island insignia on them were also sold. (TNNCN, December 22, 1976).
In June 1976, a state government subsidy was approved to build Caboolture Senior Citizens’ Centre. It was later advised that the application had now gone to federal level. (TNNCN, June 2, 1976).
In December 1976, Caboolture Shire Council released an area of land at the corner of George and Hasking Streets to the local Committee for the Aging so the centre could be built. (TNNCN, December 15, 1976).