Local history buff, Paulette Flint
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Times Gone By: Merchant reopens for business after fire

1938: Messrs Friends (Pty) Ltd, general merchants, opened for business again on Monday morning, following the disastrous fire of last week (January 5).

Business is now being carried on in the bulk store, which is situated behind the premises recently destroyed, and with the able assistance of Mr W R Golding, builder and contractor, and other local contractors, has been transformed into a splendid temporary store.

Mr A. H. (Arthur Henry) Friend stated that they had taken every precaution to prevent and outbreak of fire, and he emphatically stated it did not start inside the premises.

He said there was a "fire-bug” in town, and he hoped that no stone would be left unturned until he was unearthed.

Mr Friend expressed the company's sympathy for the loss occasioned also to neighbouring tradespeople - Mr C. D. Patrick, Port Curtis Motors, Mr E. J. Masterson and Miss B. Tait.

1958: One of Gladstone's oldest residents, Mrs Elizabeth Alice Walters, passed peacefully away after a short illness.

Mrs Walters was born at Calliope 85 years ago and was a daughter of Mr and Mrs Gardner who were early settlers in the Calliope district.

She spent the whole of her life in Gladstone and district and in 1895 married Mr Joseph Wallace Walters at the Presbyterian Church.



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