Grace chases her dreams and studies

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

AT the age of 80 nothing will stop Grace Johansen achieving her dreams and playing her part in the local community.

The longtime Gladstone resident has created a little bit of history in Gladstone during her time.

It's usually at the age of 65 people tend to retire, but for Grace there is a while left to do that.

At the age of 60 Grace had applied to study at Central Queensland University, where after a year of hard work Grace got stuck into her study as a philosophy student.

Grace said no matter what age, nothing should stop your dreams.

She said after nursing her husband for 17 years she felt going back and studying was the best way to keep going with life.

'I remember in 1950 my husband and I joined the Lions Club,' she said.

'Later down the track I suggested to the ladies in the club that we would run a safe driving school for the younger students.

'We organised a series of lectures and practical lessons on the aspect of safety and importance of it.'

She said the Holden deal-ers in that time had donated a car. "According to the police in that time the number of accidents had reduced,' she said.

Grace's talent not only lay in her creativeness in finding the importance of safe driving and nursing her husband, it was also the books she published.

The Gladstone author published various books on Fitzroy Shire Council and the history of Central Queensland University.

She said she was also in the process of getting a book published on the History of Toondoon Botanic Gardens.

Grace in her time had volunteered at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, while also volunteering to teach at the Central State School.

She said she helped students who were having difficulties with reading and keeping up with the work.



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