Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Man Who Helped to Build City Farewelled

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Man Who Helped to Build City Farewelled

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a stalwart of the construction industry who erected many of the city's famous buildings and helped bring Bert Hinkler's house from England to Bundaberg.

Stan Lohse, who died on Monday after a long illness, will be farewelled at a funeral service at Christ Church Anglican Church today from 1pm, and then at the Bundaberg General Cemetery.

Son Ian said Mr Lohse was born in 1916 in Maryborough to Ernest and Elizabeth Lohse, and spent his childhood on a dairy farm at Coringa with his five brothers.

C[pounds sterling]He started his working life in the Depression and knew what hardship really was,C[yen] Ian said.

C[pounds sterling]This was also a time where people helped each other to survive. He believed it was the greatest learning period of his life.C[yen]

In 1938, Mr Lohse moved to Bundaberg to build a house for a friend and it was in 1939 he met his future wife, Gloria Steffensen.

In June 1940, the couple married and had three children, Ian, Sally and Ray.

When the Second World War broke out, because Mr Lohse was in the building industry, he was classed as C[pounds sterling]essential servicesC[yen].

He was a foreman in the crew that built the amenity buildings at the Bundaberg airport.

When this finished, he worked for the Department of the Interior at Bowen, Townsville, Mt Isa and Brisbane.

Many years later he was awarded the Civilian Service Medal (1939 -1945) for this service.

Ian said the inscription SC Lohse & Co could be found on many foundation stones, including the Bundaberg Civic Centre, the old Gooburrum Shire Council Chambers, the old Woongarra Shire Council Chambers, the old ambulance centre (now Rechenberg's), the old Olympia Theatre (now the Moncrieff), Earl's Court, the Parish Hall, the Telstra Exchange and the Civic Arcade.

A few of the other buildings he worked on included the fire station, the Bundaberg TAFE College, many school buildings, all three Bundaberg hospitals and the Church of the Good Shepherd. …

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