NEBO Conversations

(Please note: Brenden communicates with those around him using either hand signing or a braille machine connected to a wifi keyboard and iphone.

The conversations below are verbatim from his device. This technology is portable and allows Brenden to be a part of the conversation where ever he goes.)

 

Irie: Nebo

 

Okay what is your favorite part of your childhood on the cattle station?


I didn't go to Lansborogh until I married my husband David 50 years ago.


That is interesting so keep going

 

Wanda is asking Irie how old were you when you went there?


Irie says she was 39 and prior that I was working at the Boomerang
managing in the hospitality section


So do you enjoy working at the boomerang and what is your favorite part there?


I came from a background of receptionists living at the Ambassador for
6 years. I got the position as part-time manager. When something
happened to the other couple running it I was given the responsibility
of running the house


That is interesting that you have had a great time working there so
what did you do at the boomerang and how long have you worked there
for?
We are having a scone. I have put one on the table on the plate for you

 

Thanks, my mum's mum was talented in scone making when she lived back
in the 1930's.

I was curious that you have worked at the boomerang so how long have
you worked there for?
I worked there for 5 years


Did you enjoy the boombrang and how do you get to know the people who
came there?
I loved every minute of it and found it challenging. I have always had
a love of people.

WE had a lot of country people who used to come and stay

 

You must have had a very good life working at the boomerang because it
gave you the opportunity to meet lots of different people
Yes we used to have politicians and the media and we had weddings,
parties and cabarets. People came and stayed at race time. There was a
great variety of people. It was the first hotel to have live music and
an ice making machine.


Brendn I'm  asking a question .

Irie was the boomerang the main hotel


at that time ,

 

Irie has just said yes it was a motor hotel, the first
motor hotel , hotel motel in the district 

 

back to you brendon


It was in an area where there was a lot of racing and racking tracks


Tell Irie that I have been to the boomerang and it had changed much
since you worked there and it is a very nice place.


Wanda has asked if it was tough being a woman
It was hard for me as I was the first woman licensee


What is the reason why you were the first woman to have a license?
The major share holder of the syndicate who owned it became ill and
went to Greenslopes for 3 months. I got it by good luck as they had no
choice but to give it to me. There were 2 couples before who managed
the house and bar. I took the role of both and when the shareholder
returned I had the license and was running the pub on my own. If the
men were fighting in the bar I would get an ice bucket and throw it in
the middle of the floor. Everyone would start laughing and it would
break up the fight.


Oooooooh my god! That would have been stupid for the men to fight in the bar!
Would you like a sandwich? They look very nice
Yes one would be good


So Irie was your future husband one of those people in the bar ,

 

yes, he was one of the peole who would come down from station ex more
station whcih is Nebo district. ,

 

he must have been special amongst
all those others.

 

Yes he was


So do you enjoy meeting the drivers who come down form stations to the
boomerang and what did they do to keep yuou busy?
THey were at the bar drinking a lot and also eating lots. They enjoyed
seeing people


You must have had a busy life at the boomerang because I know all the
drivers enjoy having company while working up and down the country
with cattle...
David was the owner of a cattle station.(That is Irie's husband)
They are very beautiful rings which Irie still wear in remembrance of
her husband


Irie's husband also lives here at the nursing home but he is in the
high care section.
Would you like to ask Irie about her life in Nebo


So how did you enjoy living in Nebo and what is your favorite part?


Irie is joust talking about her husband and when she goes to visit him
downstairs


I think the funniest part was when the power was connected in Nebo
they didn't have enough connections. They asked David to assist
and he received 2 dollars per day. I got a puppy and David told me I
couldn't have him in the house. David ordered a dog's kennel and when
it arrived it had a sign that said "David's house". THERE ere 3
workers and one was disabled. I put a radiator outside the kennel and
I also had one in the toilet so we didn't have to sit on a cold seat.
When I got the electricity bill it was very high because I had so many
radiators. So David let the dog come inside and he slept beside us..
So much for the dog staying outside!1


That is a very funny story about having the dog sleep with you all! Lol


When we finally built a new house 8 years later. The dog was old by
then and he was incontinent so we used to put plastic and newspaper in
the house so the dog could stay inside. David forgot about saying the
dog wasn't allowed inside!


It would have been smelly if the dog stayed inside the house
Irie has had a lot to do with many organisations. She was involved in
St Margarets church at Nebo. She was very supportive.

 

When there was
no accomodation in Nebo town we would have people come and stay with
us


Do you enjoy working at st Margaret church and how do you help the
people who come to stay with you?
We had people for meals at the church. We had shared fellowship
services and we had a lot of people come from Mackay. It was country
hospitality


Wanda is asking  Irie we are keen to maybe include something about the
Nebo hall in our play can you tell us a few good memories aobut dances
and events that used to take part in the hall.
We had lunches,cabarets and weddings. The Cwa ladies who waited the
tables and the husbands served at the bar. There were annual Cwa
lunches. We had fashion parades and dances and people would come from
Mackay.

 


I think it would be itneresting for the people of Nebo to come and see
our play reacting the story of driving and how they had lived back in
the 1920-50's as well as I think it would give the town a feeling
about what our play can be basically based on the story as I have
performed in different plays.


Wie is just talking to her friend
WANDA says ask one more question and we will leave soon as it is
almost lunchtime


Okay I would like to thank you for the interview and I am glad to have
the opportunity to meet you Irie.


Hey brendon Irie is up for one last questions, so , OK  brendon Irie
is actually wanting to ask you a question ! Ha ha She is wwanting to
know how you would describe Irie, form our chat this morning
Ok tell me what you describe yourself so I can picture wha tyou look like

Irie said you are passing the buck! Alisha will describe her
This is ellissa as impression of Irie. She is a very special lady.
Irie is very honest, trustworthy, supportive and one in a million as
friend and such one of Ka kind. Nebo has been extremely fortunate to
have3 had her at the helm of many of our organisations. Have so music
has deselect and time for this special lady. A true friend.
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I think Irie is a very beautiful and gorgeous lady because she has a
good personality which describes ehr as one of the most honest sldies
in Australia
To thanks for the interview and I shall return to visit you in the future