Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Founding Family Marks 150 Years; Goleby Descendants Celebrate Impact on Ipswich

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Founding Family Marks 150 Years; Goleby Descendants Celebrate Impact on Ipswich

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Byline: Anna Hartley anna.hartley@qt.com.au

MEMBERS of the Goleby family have led the way in Ipswich as mayors, church founders, prominent business owners and community leaders since they arrived in Australia in 1866.

The family, described as one of the founding families of Ipswich, celebrated 150 years in Australia with a special reunion at the weekend.

Close to 150 descendants of James and Mary Ann Goleby, who came from the United Kingdom on the steamship Great Victoria with their four sons, joined together at Queens Park on Saturday.

Reunion organiser Lee Goleby is the great-great granddaughter of James, who was heavily involved in the construction of Ipswich's historical railway and whose eldest son Frederick went on to become one of the city's most prominent citizens.

"James's son, Frederick started in business as a saddler in Ipswich. He was an alderman for many years, founder of the F Goleby and Sons store and mayor in 1906," Ms Goleby said. …

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