Gooroolba was not forgotten on Remembrance Day
ACCORDING to Gayndah Veteran and Supports Social Group’s Craig Fothergill, Gooroolba, about 26km from Gayndah, was once a “thriving sheep and dairy region” from the mid-1800s onwards.
Now, all that stands there are a few farms, isolated homes, and the War Memorial.
The memorial commemorates the 62 soldiers Gooroolba sent to the two World Wars, a measure of the area’s former population.
Not all of them came home.
Yesterday, the centenary of Remembrance Day, Mr Fothergill, who saw active service in the Vietnam War, and about a dozen others, gathered at the cenotaph to honour past sacrifices.
Among them was the daughter, parents and grandmother of Greg Eisel, who served in Afghanistan, although he was unable to attend due to work commitments.
“Gooroolba was not forgotten,” Mr Fothergill said.
He said the cenotaph is somewhat under-utilised.
“We felt it appropriate and necessary for some representation of servicepeople to be there on the day,” Mr Fothergill said.
On Anzac Day earlier this year, the group held a service on the summit of Mount Gayndah.