Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Pioneering Family Drove NQ Cattle Industry

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Pioneering Family Drove NQ Cattle Industry

Article excerpt

WHILE we were pioneers in the cattle industry in North Queensland, the Pattel brothers were pioneers in the trucking industry.

When we went to Richmond in 1957, mum and dad, along with four-year-old Susan and six-month-old me drove out from Ingham in the Willys Jeep with the dogs on the back.

Our cattle and horses came on the train.

The cattle and horses were unloaded at Richmond, and Kevin and Merlin Pattel walked them to "Dundee".

The 60 mile journey was done in two days - in the middle of December.

This was the first time Brahman cattle had been seen in the north west of the state.

In one of those early days, Dad needed to send a bull away on the train.

He had a trailer and made a crate for the trailer out of gates.

He hitched it up to the Willys Jeep, loaded the bull and set off for Richmond. …

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