Witnesses to History

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ARTHUR

GORRIE

REPORTER

arthur.gorrie@gympietimes.com

GYMPIE'S Col and Alma Ring have seen a lot of Gympie's history during their 60 years of marriage (50 of them lived in the Pacey St home they built in 1958).

In those days, Pacey St was a dirt track and the house had a creek in the backyard, along with chooks and an outhouse.

The One Mile sports field was a tip and trademark mullock heaps around the town had not yet been turned into road base.

The couple celebrated their 60th anniversary on December 17.

aOur wedding day was the 15th,a Alma explained, abut we celebrated on the nearest Saturday.a

The celebration was held at the Salvation Army's Gympie base in Stumm Rd, which is where they got married in 1951 a almost.

aWe got married in the Salvation Army, too,a Alma said, abut it was in Caledonian Hill in those days.a

They seem to have been a couple for whom volunteering was second nature.

aIt's sort of been our life,a Alma says.

aCol was on lots of boards, including the management committee of the Cooloola women's refuge, before it became Erin House.

aHe was also one of the leaders of the ecumenical movement,a bringing many religions together in a time of some sectarian intolerance. They had a particularly good relationship with aDoc Kennya, parish priest of St Patrick's.

aCol was always helping to break down barriers,a Alma said. …