Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Can You Help with Footy Medal?

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Can You Help with Footy Medal?

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THE call is out to see if anyone can help Ipswich rugby league historian Jan Christison find the origins of one of J G Stephenson's life membership medals.

Stephenson is the man who brought rugby league to Ipswich.

He was later a Queensland and Australian selector and president of the Queensland Rugby League.

The main field at the North Ipswich Reserve is the J G Stephenson Oval. A plaque marks his achievements at the ground, in the garden beside the grandstand.

One medal is from the Queensland Rugby League in 1918, another from the Ipswich Amateur Rugby League in 1919.

One is from the Ipswich Referee's Association but the one with the IRC on it (bottom right in photo) remains a mystery.

It is dated 1924.

Anyone with information can call Christison on 32016814.

Join Railway carnival

THE QUEENSLAND Railway Institute is holding the intrastate touch carnival at Cribb Park, North Ipswich, on May 23/24.

The competition started in Townsville in 1991, with Ipswich's first trip full of drama.

With train issues in central Queensland, the team had to travel by bus from Rockhampton, arriving in Townsville at 2.30am in the morning of the games.

In 1993, a record 28 teams played in Ipswich, with the Ipswich and Redbank workshops playing for the B grade trophy.

Ipswich won 1-0.

Since then, the Ipswich Entertainers are the only team to have played in all 24 years.

With the decline in railway staff, the teams have drastically been reduced.

However, the carnival continues.

Ipswich officials are inviting sides from the region to play.

Any person who would like a game can contact Craig on 38121850, or email interest to:

Divisions are open, mixed and over 35s. Women are welcome to play in any of the divisions.

The Entertainers also welcome supporters to join the function and to share stories of great trips from the past.

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