Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Happy and Successful ,Co a Portrait of Allison; Profile Story in 2000 Revealed a Go-Getter with Bright Future

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Happy and Successful ,Co a Portrait of Allison; Profile Story in 2000 Revealed a Go-Getter with Bright Future

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Byline: PETER FOLEY peter.foley@qt.com.au

THE discovery of Allison Baden-Clay's body in Kholo Creek this week confirmed the worst fears of her friends and family.

Police now know the 43-year-old former beauty queen and business woman was murdered before her body was dumped in a creek north-east of Ipswich.

The circumstances of her death have shocked all who knew the mother of three in her home suburb of Brookfield and in Ipswich, where she was raised.

Detectives say they are close to an arrest. Yesterday, Allison's husband, Gerard Baden-Clay, and their three daughters visited Allison's parents, who now live on the Gold Coast.

Allison grew up in Ipswich, living with her parents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie in Spencer St, Redbank, where neighbours still fondly remember her.

In April 2000, Queensland Times journalist Jayde Walker interviewed Allison and found her to be thoughtful, optimistic and adventurous.

Allison was working in Brisbane after a whirlwind career since leaving Ipswich Girls' Grammar School, where she was vice-head girl.

C[pounds sterling]One thing I try to work on is living in the moment. I think sometimes it's a very difficult thing to do,C[yen] Allison said at the time.

The story said Allison's appetite for travel was whet as a 10-year-old at Redbank State School. An inaugural member of the Australian Youth Ballet, she toured the UK, including the Edinburgh Festival.

Returning to school, Allison fuelled her passion for more travel by learning French and German.

A few years later she went to Scandinavia on a Rotary exchange program, where schooling was different to the same-sex regime.

Allison laughed at the memory: C[pounds sterling]Scandinavia was completely different. There's drinking and smoking at school. And there were all these boys around,C[yen] she said.

Returning home a year later, Allison enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts course at the University of Queensland, learning Japanese and majoring in psychology. …

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