I sat down with Mum and Dad after Esme died, asked questions to see if what I remembered actually did happen.  I took notes.
Mum had to be coaxed a bit but eventually got quite talkative about her father, Grandad Osborne.  She said someone should tell his story because he was such a good man, there was so much more to him than most people saw.  
His family had come to the valley about the same time as Dad's family and the Squires also.  Families who arrived bought a selection, felled trees to clear the land and sold the timber.  My great-grandfather, Noah Jessie and his first wife, Margaret Kelly came from England and their two children were born at Townson - Winnie in 1878 and Tom.   Margaret was kicked by a cow when she was pregnant with a third child and was taken to Laidley, 20 miles away by dray.  There she waited for an hour for a train to take her to Ipswich.  She died shortly after arriving at the hospital.  I can't begin to imagine what an ordeal that must have been.
My …

Before Nudgee

When I went to school we learnt about the early expeditions of the men who first explored Australia.  A child who did not know the names of “The Explorers” and where they had explored had something lacking in their education.  I think most kids were like me, totally in awe of these fearless men. Surely they must have been fearless.  Either that or crazy to go off exploring in that harsh land the way they did.  I suspect it was a combination of both.  Allan Cunningham was one of these early explorers and on themorning of 23 August, 1828 August morning he and his troop of men left their tents to climb a high point of what they thought was the Great Dividing Range but was actually the Little Liverpool Range, expecting to see a passage to the Darling Downs which he had discovered from the west the previous year and now sought a way through the 'gap” from the east. 
The party reached the summit of Mt Beau Brummel from which they observed a valley and named it Laidley Creek Valley after…