Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Farmer's Life Was Well Lived

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Farmer's Life Was Well Lived

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THOMAS Charles Rendell was born on December 27, 1917, and was the eldest son of Frederick and Elsie Rendell.

He had two sisters, Ethel and Melda, and two brothers, William (Bill) and Raymond.

Tom grew up on the family dairy farm at Mooloo. From a very early age he was engaged in farm life and his innate curiosity led to an altercation with a chaff cutter, resulting in the loss of part of a finger.

He left school when aged 12 to work in the dairy and also helped to grow beans, bananas and small crops.

Work was done wherever it could be found and he spent time doing a spot of manganese mining at the top of Gentle Annie Ridge for the Sanders brothers.

When war broke out Tom was not enlisted, as he was working in essential services.

The family sold the farm in 1937, after Tom's younger brother Raymond was born, and moved to Eel Creek where they again grew small crops.

In 1938 Tom left home and went to work on Syd Smith's pineapple farm at Moorehouse Gully, Amamoor, still under essential services conditions, which applied for the duration of the war.

He also worked for Harold Owens on a pineapple farm at Red Gully Road.

Cricket, tennis and dancing were the social activities enjoyed by the young folk of the era and Tom enjoyed dancing, following the Merrymakers' Band.

It was through his association with this band that he met Dorothy Smith and the couple married in June 1943.

Having both grown up on dairy farms, Tom and Dot decided to buy Harold Owens' pineapple farm, in preference to dairying, and they moved onto the property where they would live for the next 40 years.

Life was hard and conditions left a lot to be desired, especially when weather conditions turned nasty and caused loss of income as it did on many occasions.

Tom and Dot had two daughters, Eveline, born in 1947 and Denise, born two years later. …

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