MANY MEMORIES: Margot Gundrum has reprinted some of her father’s books he wrote many years ago about his memories of Yeppoon.
MANY MEMORIES: Margot Gundrum has reprinted some of her father’s books he wrote many years ago about his memories of Yeppoon. Amy Haydock ROK

Capricorn Coast story teller's old fishing tales told again

IT started as something to pass on to family members, but Jack Stevenson's stories are well known to many people on the Capricorn Coast.

About 20 years ago, the late fisherman wrote three books titled Beachcombers and Bushies - Tales of Early Yeppoon, Living off the Sea and Chasing the Spaniards.

His daughter, Margot Gundrum, said they were somewhat a social history, telling stories about Yeppoon from her father's perspective.

"It was dad's words, just the way he remembered it," she said.

"Dad's grandfather had the first sugar mill here at Farnborough. They were some of the early settlers in Yeppoon and he would always tell us stories growing up."

But it was an inquiry from Peter Cook, of the Yeppoon Historical Society, that prompted Margot to reprint some of the books for the wider community.

"A couple of the newsagents stocked them for many years and they were steady sellers," she said.

"(Peter) asked if I was interested in republishing them, as he'd been approached by a number of people trying to source copies of them."

Since then, Margot has managed to reprint two of the books.

"There are a lot of good stories in them, with a lot of local characters mentioned, which why I think people like reading them," Margot said.

"Mum and dad used to get a lot of phone calls and letters from people with positive feedback."

WHERE TO BUY

The books are available for purchase at Yeppoon's Nextra in the Keppel Bay Plaza and the Kern Arcade newsagency, Rockhampton.



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