RACQ's regional agents John and Libby Green with Gladstone's longest member Jean Bradley and RACQ director Stephen Maitland at the Gold 50 Appreciation event in Gladstone. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
RACQ's regional agents John and Libby Green with Gladstone's longest member Jean Bradley and RACQ director Stephen Maitland at the Gold 50 Appreciation event in Gladstone. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Gladstone's longest RACQ member 11th in Australia

WHEN Jean Bradley joined RACQ, the Second World War was on and the Bruce Hwy was mainly a dirt road.

Now, 76 years on, she's being celebrated at a special member's event in Gladstone.

Ms Bradley is Gladstone's longest member, and the 11th longest in Australia.

Yesterday RACQ members gathered at Yaralla to celebrate the Gold 50 Appreciation morning tea.

The former Curtis Island resident said her husband originally signed her up to the club in 1940.

But it wasn't the roadside assistance that was a major drawcard.

"Back then you would call RACQ when you were in a big city and they would help show you around and drive you places," she said.

"It was great for us, we're like bush people and so if we went to Brisbane they would drive us around all those busy roads."

Ms Bradley hung up the keys to her car in 1990, but she never gave up her membership.

RACQ director Stephen Maitland said there was more to the club than just roadside assistance.

Home insurance and assistance is also a major drawcard.

"When you're a member you also get a great deal of discounts," Mr Maitland said.



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