Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

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Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Joa[euro][TM]sfloatinghistorictune; Song about familya[euro][TM]s Runaway House in 1893 Flood Entered for Muster

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A HOUSE being swept down the muddy waters of the Mary River was not a rare sight during the great flood in February 1893.

Jo Tempelman was so fascinated by what happened to her great-grandfatheras home during that flood that she decided to write a song about it.

The Gympie Music Muster song-writing competition seemed like the perfect way to share her familyas history.

Mrs Tempelman was flicking through the pages of her motheras history books on the Gambling family when she came across an article from The Gympie Times about her great-grandfather Joshua Gambling.

The story recounted by Joshuaas granddaughter, Alice Sanders, told of the family home being swept down the river before catching on flood debris in Queens Park.

So the story goes, all the pots and pans and cups and saucers were untouched in their cupboards.

Once floodwaters had subsided, teams of bullocks dragged the house back up the hill.

aI found the story so interesting and thought writing a song about it would be a fun way to honour the family and share some of our history,a Mrs Tempelman said. …

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