Observer keeps Comrie clan in touch with Gladstone
THREE generations of the Comrie family grew up in Gladstone, but now they all live on the Sunshine Coast.
Natalie Madden (nee Comrie) moved south five years ago with her husband Tim and two daughters, Keeley and Gracie.
She had lived in Gladstone for more than 40 years.
She went to Gladstone State High School, and she has fond memories of her upbringing here.
"We would all walk home from school and we used to walk down to Barney Point Wharf or Auckland Point for a swim after school.
"It's a lot busier now, which isn't good or bad. It's just different," she said.
Her children grew up in Off Ln. It was a quiet street and close to local parks and the CBD.
"When our children were small, it was safe and had great access to parks and the water.
"We would always be water skiing.
"You could always get work in Gladstone too. We always had an income."
Some of their favourite places to go were Awoonga Dam, Heron Island, North West Island and the Gladstone marina.
Yesterday, the Comries contacted this newspaper to share one of their family traditions - every time someone visits their home town they have to pick up a copy of their local paper to share with the others.
"We found that every time we got together to catch up, someone had been to Gladstone, and it would bring up all the stories about what's changed. It's fascinating," she said.
"We usually do a lunch every now and then and so some of the younger ones get out the Facebook pages or others will have photos and I'll drag out The Observer."
The family talks about the people, the businesses and the developments.
"It's a lot of things - not just the stories but the advertisements too.
"People who I was at school with now own their own businesses.
"I used to play hockey and basketball with some of them, and I see (in the paper) that their children are playing hockey or basketball now.
"It's amazing how it all goes around."