Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Millicent Had a Full Life

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Millicent Had a Full Life

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An era of a pioneering farm family in this district has come to an end with the passing of Millicent Poulsen.

Millicent led a remarkable and long life from Brisbane to the bush

and then to Tewantin.

From the middle of the 20th century to the millennium, she lived with husband Ken on the Poulsen family farm at Beechwood west of Cooroy on the Mary River.

Millicent's parents were married in 1921. They lived in a large federation house in Coorparoo, Brisbane, which also held her father's doctor's rooms.

Millicent was born on April 9, 1922, the eldest of three children. Brother Len was 14 months younger while her sister, Nancye was born eight years later.

Initially they had a wood stove, an icebox and a "dunny" out the back, but later on a toilet in the house.

Both Len and Millicent went to Buranda State School where mum became a brownie. After a scare at school during the polio epidemic, mum was sent to the Church of England Girls School in Warwick to become a boarder. She loved the chance to become a girl guide there.

Returning to Brisbane, mum went to Somerville House. By the time she finished school, the Second World War had started. Millicent joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment and the Country Women's Association. Her membership of the CWA was to be lifelong.

Later she signed up for the Australian Army Medical Women's Service. Her first task was to tend to troops bivouacked at the Exhibition Centre. She nursed at the Greenslopes Military Hospital then went back and forth from Brisbane to Townsville, tending to the sick and wounded on troop trains.

After the war, she did two years nursing in Mackay, and then served as the boarders' matron at the Moreton Bay High School.

Millicent met her future husband, Ken Poulsen, through his younger sister, Dorothy, who was a classmate of Millicent at Somerville House. Ken was of Danish and English descent.

In one of her oral histories, Millicent said: "Ever since I had been at boarding school, I thought country life would be wonderful".

Millicent and Ken discovered a mutual love of dancing and became dance partners. …

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