Merryl Masters with Kjell and Gail Mangset at the Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive Fun Day.
Merryl Masters with Kjell and Gail Mangset at the Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive Fun Day. Tobi Loftus

Eidsvold’s Norwegian connection

GAIL Mangset grew up in Eidsvold in the North Burnett, though when travelling she met her now-husband Kjell in Eidsvoll, Norway.

Both were in the Eidsvold on Saturday, with Gail's sister Merryl Masters, to watch the conclusion of the Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive.

"We were out there at 6.30am, waiting for them to cross," Gail said.

"It was fabulous, wasn't it?"

Kjell said he was going to tell people in Eidsvoll about the cattle drive.

"I'm going to write an article for a local newspaper in Eidsvoll in Norway and send them photos," Kjell said.

"They know about this place, but they don't know very much about it."

Eidsvoll was known as Eidsvold until 1918, though the Queensland town and a town in the USA state of Minnesota kept the original spelling.

Kjell said the biggest difference between Eidsvold and its namesake was the difference in seasons.

"We have big difference in the seasons," he said

"In Australia I used to say to see what season it is you have to look at the calendar.

"In Norway we look out the window as we can see what season it is."

Gail said there was a common thread between the towns.

"Both have been gold mining towns," she said.

"(Eidsvoll is) a very important city to all Norwegians because it's where the constitution was signed."

Kjell said there were definitely not as many cattle in the Norwegian town.

"Perhaps some dairy cattle," he said.

"Eidsvoll is a place for farm, industry and forest."


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