Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Ancestors Spirited Back

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Ancestors Spirited Back

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Byline: Ren Lanzon

THEY went there to catch up with the spirit of their ancestors and they had a great time.

Government Resident Maurice O'Connell was there, as fresh as when he had first stepped onto Gladstone soil more than 150 years ago, or at least his proxy, Deputy Mayor Gail Sellers, was.

And so was NSW Governor Charles Augustus Fitzroy (1796-1858) in the guise of Cyril Golding.

On Saturday, at the Q150 Descendants Dinner, the past and present met and recognised each other. The event was organised by the Gladstone Regional Council as part of the celebration of Queensland's 150 years of statehood.

Jan Koivunen, a descendant from Gladstone pioneer John Maddock, said being greeted by the Mayor George Creed and his wife Leonie, dressed in period costume, added atmosphere to the event.

"I think that really captured the moment," she said.

Yesterday morning Ruth Crosson, whose pioneer ancestor Joseph Bennedick settled in Gladstone after surviving a shipwreck, was still thrilled over the dinner of the previous night. …

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