John and I returned home from our trip to Townsville early Saturday morning where we had a wonderful time catching up with daughter Fiona who we hadn't seen for five years. On the way home we had a couple of days in Beenleigh catching up with son Andrew and his family also.
The weather was kind to us and we had lots to see in Townsville including a trip across to Magnetic Island on the ferry. Whilst on the Island we visited the small but interesting Magnetic Island Museum and searched out former Wingham local Brian Cross, catching up with him for a few hours at his Townsville business a couple of days later.
Our accommodation was at the CWA Apartments situated on The Strand overlooking the Coral Sea within walking distance of the town centre. Nearby was the Jezzine Barracks with its wonderful military museum and forts. We took a tour up to Castle Hill and also took in the RAAF Townsville Aviation Heritage Centre at Garbutt. Another great visit was spent looking through the Maritime Museum of Townsville with its huge collection of historical items.
We spent time looking around the Renegade Handmade Markets at Marian School in Currajong where Fiona had her stall selling her up-cycled shopping bags and aprons from animal feed bags. She even took along her unusual silky bantam rooster.
It was an emotional moment when we met up with Fiona to share with her Mother's Day and the following day helping her celebrate her 42nd birthday.
The couple of days spent with Andrew and family was also busy and we were able to see young Korben train with his basketball team. The trip ended with us catching the bus to Casino and then the train which got us home early hours of Saturday morning.
Historic car display
Many thanks to those involved with the historical car display around Central Park Wingham on Sunday morning. I always love looking over these beautiful vehicles. There was such a varied range of vehicles from trucks, cars and Utes covering many decades in the motoring world.
I couldn't really pick a favourite from those on show but the 1981 DeLorean gained a lot of interest.
Farewell to Barry Murray
The board of Directors of Wingham Services Club extended an open invitation to club patrons to join them in a farewell on Sunday morning May 19, to long serving club secretary Barry Murray who is leaving the Club after 26 years to take up a position with Taree Aquatic Sailing Club. All wished Barry well in his new career change and club president Harry Rider made a presentation to him on behalf of the directors and staff.
Tinonee Historical Society members and interested persons are reminded that the monthly meeting of the Society will be held this coming Thursday evening, (May 23) at the Museum commencing at 7pm.