Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]King Paul' Succumbs to Cancer; Landed Here with 50 Dollars

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]King Paul' Succumbs to Cancer; Landed Here with 50 Dollars

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AT 24, Paul de Barse arrived in Australia from The Netherlands in July, 1966 on a government sponsored visa with just $50 in his wallet.

The lively Dutchman with the gift of the gab was ready to take on every opportunity this new country put before him.

He said he wanted to be a millionaire by the time he was 35 years old and, according to his family, he may not have achieved his goal by 35 but he wasn't far from it.

An engineer, Mr de Barse was paid to come to Australia where he initially worked in Whyalla before moving to Darwin which he found atoo hota and moved back down to Sydney.

It was in Sydney that Mr de Barse was to meet his future wife Carolyn who worked in a restaurant which Mr de Barse fortuitously walked into.

The couple was married in Sydney on November 2, 1968, and went on to have three daughters, Johanne, Rachel and Carolyne.

The family moved to Queensland and lived in the Brisbane area for 16 years where Mr de Barse ran All Jap Spares (later renamed aVW the Bug Mana), a wrecking yard at Tingalpa which specialised in Volkswagen parts.

At the same time the family had a snack bar and shop at Woodridge.

A stint at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast followed before Mr and Mrs de Barse bought the Portadown Hotel and moved to Toowoomba in 1997.

A ajack of all tradesa according to his family, Mr de Barse updated and improved every house the family moved into by renovating it himself and selling off for a handy profit.

A witty character who liked a beer, it was probably only natural that Mr de Barse would one day own and run a pub and it is through his association with one of Queensland's oldest pubs on the corner of Herries and Neil Sts that Mr de Barse is best known in the Toowoomba region.

In the mid to late 1990s the Portadown Hotel was one of the Garden City's most successful pubs and soon Mr de Barse became known as aKing Paula. aAt the time it was the biggest independent hotel in the town,a Mr de Barse's wife Carolyn said. aOne of the staff called him a[approximately]King Paul' and he appeared in the advertisements in paper as a[approximately]King Paul' with a king's crown. …

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