Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Stories That Must Be Recorded

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Stories That Must Be Recorded

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Byline: Guest columnist Greg Bray

FOLKS, one of the best parts of my new job as a reporter is capturing people's stories.

The tricky bit is getting people to answer their phones so I can get those stories. Sometimes I draw a blank.

Like last weekend when I hit the trail looking for yarns about Gladstone's most famous fisherwoman, Patsy Lee.

Patsy, who seemed to know everyone but me, died last year and I was toying with pitching an article aimed at making Patsy the Patron Saint of the Boyne Tannum HookUp.

Long story short, my attempts to find someone who knew her well and recount some interesting yarns hit a wall.

Patsy was, after all, in her 90s when she died and had outlived most of her friends.

There's no book recounting her life, but her name will live on at Patsy Lee Place, a little fishing spot at the mouth of Auckland Creek.

Many aren't so lucky.

Now, I spent a few years working in cemeteries and got to hear a lot of life stories; sometimes, several times over, because that was part of my job - I think. …

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