Participants

Discover the wonderful participants of the Voices of the Valley, all with their own story to tell.

Click on an image to view their full interview.

Keith Buchanan
Keith Buchanan
Keith grew up in Imbil and worked and lived with his family at Borumba Dam for the entire build. He can remember all the families that lived and worked there. He has loving memories of meeting his wife Val, at the Deb Ball. Watch his story.
Puddy Dan
Adriennne (Puddy) Dan
Adrienne, but call her Puddy, is a long term resident of Amamoor. Her family moved to the Valley to work in the timber industry. Puddy is a keen sportsperson and you will be amazed at her story.
Linda Dwyer
Linda Dwyer
Linda was born in Gympie and grew up in Imbil. The house is still in the family. Linda remembers her first job in the "Top Mill" making packing cases. Linda moved for a while but her love of the Valley brought her back. 
Moyra Falkinder
Moyra Falkinder
Moyra grew up in Amamoor and remembers her primary school days with fondness. She also remembers the children from different nationalities that attended the school. Watch her story.
Bob Fredman
Bob Fredman
An advocate of the Mary Valley and now Gympie Councillor for the division, Bob talks about the wonderful lifestyle the Mary Valley offered and still offers, and his memories of going to dances.
Barry Grainger
Barry Grainger
The Mary Valley holds a special place in Barry's heart. Barry was a long time member and president of the Mary Valley Show Society. Like many he moved away for work but the Valley drew him back.

Jennifer Grainger
Jennifer Grainger
Jennifer has her own Mary Valley story to tell. Her parents moved to Brooloo in the 60s and Jennifer has fond memories of pineapples, the store and the school bus.
Listen to her story of Brooloo. 
June Haylock
June Haylock
June's mother grew up in Amamoor, as did June. She tells us stories of living in the creek and playing cricket with the kids in town. After living away, June and her family returned 44 years ago and stayed.
Pam Hopkins
Pam Hopkins
Pam's father moved to Imbil in the 1930s and married Pam's mother. Her family have many connections to the Valley - names include Gilroy and Bigham. The family also lived in Brooloo. Watch her story.
Cacilia Michalowitz
Cacilia Michalowitz
Cacilia Michalowitz
Originally from Germany, Cacilia and her family emigrated to Amamoor to start a farm. They worked hard and created a farm on the hills in Amamoor growing a variety of fruit. Watch her story of family, farming and floods.
Geoff Mieran
Geoff Mieran
Geoff Mieran
Geoff has lived in Amamoor for the first 50 years of his life. His father was an engine driver for the mill. Geoff has memories of dances in the Amamoor Hall and movies at the Kandanga Picture Theatres. Click to watch his story.
Rose Organ
Rose Organ
Rose Organ
Rose Organ, nee Murray, was born in Gympie and moved to Dagun when young and lived in Moorhouse Gully. Her family grew beans and bananas. Rose met her husband Earl at a dance and after marrying lived in Amamoor and raised a family. Listen to their story.
Kaili Parker-Price
Kaili Parker-Price
Kaili considers herself a ring-in, but she has lived in and loved the Mary Valley after marrying her husband, Blair. She has enjoyed a life in Imbil and skiing at Borumba Dam.
Glenda Pickersgill
Glenda Pickersgill
Long term resident of the Mary Valley, her family owned farms in Imbil and Goomong. Glenda has her own story to tell of the fight to save the Valley from the Traveston Dam proposal. Listen to Glenda's Valley stories.
Lisa Powell
Lisa Powell
On behalf of the past present and emerging Elders of the Gubbi Gubbi nation, Welcome to our country. Lisa Powell is a proud Gubbi Gubbi woman and grew up on the edge of the Mary Valley at Jones Hill. The Gubbi Gubbi people have deep spiritual ties to the entire area, whether it be the area we know as the Mary Valley or the coastal area of Noosa. Listen to her story.
Ailsa Smith
Ailsa Smith
Ailsa Smith
Ailsa went to various schools in the Mary Valley starting at Kandanga school. After a move to Goomong, she went to school with the cream carrier three days a week. Ailsa remembers the dances and the picture theatre. Watch her story.

Ian Stehbens
Ian Stehbens
Ian Stehbens
Ian has always thought of Imbil as home. He is a "boy from Imbil" - born and bred. After moving away for near on 50 years for education and work, Ian returned - "there's something magnetic about Imbil that brings you back home". Listen to Ian's story of the Valley.
Pat Towner
Pat Towner
Pat Towner
Pat's love for the Mary Valley cannot be measured. Pat has written many books on the history of the Valley and of Gympie. She has a long association with Kandanga after moving there in the 1970s for work. Click above to hear her story.
Betty Tramacchi
Betty Tramacchi
Betty Tramacchi
Betty was born and bred in the Valley. Betty's Irish parents started from scratch, cutting scrub down and building a house. She has loving memories of her pony that she rode to school, saving her walking with bare feet on gravel roads. Watch Betty's story of her life in the Valley.
Julie Walker
Julie Walker
Julie Walker
Julie was originally from Kenilworth but is proud to be the youngest ever woman councillor for the Widgee Shire. Julie moved to Imbil in the late 1970s after marrying Gary, and raised her family in the Mary Valley. Watch her story.
Rochelle Bull
Rochelle Bull
Rochelle Bull
Rochelle didn't grow up in the Mary Valley - although she lives there now. Rochelle's love for the Valley history comes from having ancestors who lived in the Bunya Creek area. She tells their story.

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