PEOPLE AND HISTORY OF MOUNT GARNET
SENT BY NARELLE LANGRIDGE February 2012
I found the Mt Garnet web site and thought I would send some information that you might find useful. My mother, Veva Smith and her sister Vera lived and went to school in Mt Garnet. They were born in Mareeba in 1928 and after their own mother, Rachel Smith, died in 1929 when they were only about 6 months old, they were raised by their aunt Ada Ball and her husband Jess as their own children. My mother and her sister had one older brother David and two older sisters Ella and Mary who remained with their father in Cairns. My grandparents Ada and Jess already had one daughter, Lily, who was 10 years older than the twins. The three girls were all raised as sisters, even though in reality they were cousins. I was looking at the photos of some of the web site contributors and the page from Jean Jewell has a photo of both my mother (Veva) and her sister Vera when they were about 6 or 7 I think. The photo says their birthday was Christmas Day, but its actually 23rd November. I remember some of the names that some of the other stories mention such as McDonald’s shop, Jack and Newells and I am sure Jean Jewell was a good friend of mum's other sister Lily as I can remember her talking about her from the Garnet early days. I used to holiday in Garnet when I was a kid with my mother and father, driving up from Wollongong (where I still live) and staying with my grandparents Ada and Jess Ball. My earliest memory of going up there, I think it is when I was about 5 or 6 and we used to go up every couple of years. My grandparents had a house just over the culvert and its still there. My grandmother’s brother and his wife, Jack and Maidie Smith lived next door to my grandparents but their house isn't there any longer. I went back to Garnet a few years ago and spoke to the lady who now lives in my grandparents old house and its been renovated a bit, but I would know it anyway. I must admit it brought back a few tears seeing the place as I had not been back there for about 30 years I think. I can still remember going 'up the street' with my grandfather each morning to McDonald's General Store which used to be next to the Picture Theatre. Mum used to tell me it was an open air one and if it rained, you had to move as you would get wet. I even remember going to the pictures once when I was young, but can't remember what I saw. My grandfather used to call into the bakery for his loaf of bread and then onto the newsagent to ge the Cairns Post. I also remember Lucey's pub on the corner where I used to get a glass of sarsparilla (you could only get it in QLD at that stage). I also recall getting milk from the milko but not the bottled sort that we got down here. It was fresh and had the cream on the top. I just couldn't take to it and my grandmother used to get the milko to bring a bottle when I was there on holiday. My grandparents didn't have a TV, so we used to listen to the radio and if you talked whilst the news was on....boy oh boy, did my grandfather let you know. Mum left Mt Garnet and moved to Wollongong, where she married my father, Hilton Langridge, in 1955 and lived here till she passed away in 1980. Vera married Bill Hooley and lived in Innisfail till 2010, until she passed away as well. I hope other Mt Garnet-ites read this and it brings back some memories for them. If you want to know anything else, just email me back and I will see what else I can remember. If anyone from Garnet does read this and wants to make contact with me, my email address is narelle.langridge@bigpond.com  Thankyou, Narelle Langridge
PEOPLE AND HISTORY OF MOUNT GARNET
SENT BY NARELLE LANGRIDGE  February 2012
I found the Mt Garnet web site and thought I would send some information that you might find useful. My mother, Veva Smith and her sister Vera lived and went to school in Mt Garnet. They were born in Mareeba in 1928 and after their own mother, Rachel Smith, died in 1929 when they were only about 6 months old, they were raised by their aunt Ada Ball and her husband Jess as their own children. My mother and her sister had one older brother David and two older sisters Ella and Mary who remained with their father in Cairns. My grandparents Ada and Jess already had one daughter, Lily, who was 10 years older than the twins. The three girls were all raised as sisters, even though in reality they were cousins. I was looking at the photos of some of the web site contributors and the page from Jean Jewell has a photo of both my mother (Veva) and her sister Vera when they were about 6 or 7 I think. The photo says their birthday was Christmas Day, but its actually 23rd November. I remember some of the names that some of the other stories mention such as McDonald’s shop, Jack and Newells and I am sure Jean Jewell was a good friend of mum's other sister Lily as I can remember her talking about her from the Garnet early days. I used to holiday in Garnet when I was a kid with my mother and father, driving up from Wollongong (where I still live) and staying with my grandparents Ada and Jess Ball. My earliest memory of going up there, I think it is when I was about 5 or 6 and we used to go up every couple of years. My grandparents had a house just over the culvert and its still there. My grandmother’s brother and his wife, Jack and Maidie Smith lived next door to my grandparents but their house isn't there any longer. I went back to Garnet a few years ago and spoke to the lady who now lives in my grandparents old house and its been renovated a bit, but I would know it anyway. I must admit it brought back a few tears seeing the place as I had not been back there for about 30 years I think. I can still remember going 'up the street' with my grandfather each morning to McDonald's General Store which used to be next to the Picture Theatre. Mum used to tell me it was an open air one and if it rained, you had to move as you would get wet. I even remember going to the pictures once when I was young, but can't remember what I saw. My grandfather used to call into the bakery for his loaf of bread and then onto the newsagent to ge the Cairns Post. I also remember Lucey's pub on the corner where I used to get a glass of sarsparilla (you could only get it in QLD at that stage). I also recall getting milk from the milko but not the bottled sort that we got down here. It was fresh and had the cream on the top. I just couldn't take to it and my grandmother used to get the milko to bring a bottle when I was there on holiday. My grandparents didn't have a TV, so we used to listen to the radio and if you talked whilst the news was on....boy oh boy, did my grandfather let you know. Mum left Mt Garnet and moved to Wollongong, where she married my father, Hilton Langridge, in 1955 and lived here till she passed away in 1980. Vera married Bill Hooley and lived in Innisfail till 2010, until she passed away as well. I hope other Mt Garnet-ites read this and it brings back some memories for them. If you want to know anything else, just email me back and I will see what else I can remember. If anyone from Garnet does read this and wants to make contact with me, my email address is narelle.langridge@bigpond.com  Thankyou, Narelle Langridge  
PEOPLE AND HISTORY OF MOUNT GARNET
SENT BY NARELLE LANGRIDGE  February 2012
I found the Mt Garnet web site and thought I would send some information that you might find useful. My mother, Veva Smith and her sister Vera lived and went to school in Mt Garnet. They were born in Mareeba in 1928 and after their own mother, Rachel Smith, died in 1929 when they were only about 6 months old, they were raised by their aunt Ada Ball and her husband Jess as their own children. My mother and her sister had one older brother David and two older sisters Ella and Mary who remained with their father in Cairns. My grandparents Ada and Jess already had one daughter, Lily, who was 10 years older than the twins. The three girls were all raised as sisters, even though in reality they were cousins. I was looking at the photos of some of the web site contributors and the page from Jean Jewell has a photo of both my mother (Veva) and her sister Vera when they were about 6 or 7 I think. The photo says their birthday was Christmas Day, but its actually 23rd November. I remember some of the names that some of the other stories mention such as McDonald’s shop, Jack and Newells and I am sure Jean Jewell was a good friend of mum's other sister Lily as I can remember her talking about her from the Garnet early days. I used to holiday in Garnet when I was a kid with my mother and father, driving up from Wollongong (where I still live) and staying with my grandparents Ada and Jess Ball. My earliest memory of going up there, I think it is when I was about 5 or 6 and we used to go up every couple of years. My grandparents had a house just over the culvert and its still there. My grandmother’s brother and his wife, Jack and Maidie Smith lived next door to my grandparents but their house isn't there any longer. I went back to Garnet a few years ago and spoke to the lady who now lives in my grandparents old house and its been renovated a bit, but I would know it anyway. I must admit it brought back a few tears seeing the place as I had not been back there for about 30 years I think. I can still remember going 'up the street' with my grandfather each morning to McDonald's General Store which used to be next to the Picture Theatre. Mum used to tell me it was an open air one and if it rained, you had to move as you would get wet. I even remember going to the pictures once when I was young, but can't remember what I saw. My grandfather used to call into the bakery for his loaf of bread and then onto the newsagent to ge the Cairns Post. I also remember Lucey's pub on the corner where I used to get a glass of sarsparilla (you could only get it in QLD at that stage). I also recall getting milk from the milko but not the bottled sort that we got down here. It was fresh and had the cream on the top. I just couldn't take to it and my grandmother used to get the milko to bring a bottle when I was there on holiday. My grandparents didn't have a TV, so we used to listen to the radio and if you talked whilst the news was on....boy oh boy, did my grandfather let you know. Mum left Mt Garnet and moved to Wollongong, where she married my father, Hilton Langridge, in 1955 and lived here till she passed away in 1980. Vera married Bill Hooley and lived in Innisfail till 2010, until she passed away as well. I hope other Mt Garnet-ites read this and it brings back some memories for them. If you want to know anything else, just email me back and I will see what else I can remember. If anyone from Garnet does read this and wants to make contact with me, my email address is narelle.langridge@bigpond.com  Thankyou, Narelle Langridge