Audrey’s Way

Audrey Kickbusch

You don’t automatically get a street named after you if you live in Marburg a long time, but doing so increases your chances. Longtime Marburg resident, Audrey Kickbusch was pleasantly surprised on July 24th when what she thought was going to be a family get-together turned into an official walkway naming ceremony. Councillor David Pahlke and State Representative Wayne Wendt turned up along with a selection of Marburg residents to surprise Audrey with the sign and with a certificate of “ownership.” Representatives of the Marburg and Districts Residents’ Association, the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society, the Show Society, family and friends were all in attendance. The ceremony was followed by a late lunch in the MDRA hall.

Audrey was surprised and thrilled by the honour, especially as she had said that such a thing “wouldn’t happen in my lifetime.” The Marburg residents are pleased that Audrey will have a chance to enjoy her walkway in this lifetime and wish her many happy years of using “Audreys Way.”


Audrey Kickbush, Wayne Wendt, David PahlkeAudrey explaining to David Pahlke (right) and Wayne Wendt (left) exactly how she would like the sign attached to the post.

* Audreys Way is a walkway joining Main Street and Moriarty Lane in Marburg. Audrey has long campaigned for a proper walkway barred to through traffic.


Mining book successfully launched

The Ipswich City Council launched Seniors’ Week today in Marburg. During the event, the new book about local mining from the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society was also launched. Councillor David Pahlke stood in for Mayor Paul Pisasale who was unable to attend. Councillor Sheila Ireland also attended.

Councillor David Pahlke

Authors Bob Hampson and Wendye Gratton with some of the miners whose stories are in the book.

“Winning the Coal: Coal Miners’ Stories from the Rosewood Scrub” is available for $15 from the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society. It’s full of miners’ stories as told by the miners themselves, with photographs of some of the local mines, historical mining equipment and an invaluable list of small local mines.

A good crowd gathered for the launch on a perfect sunny morning in Marburg.

Seniors’ Celebration

The City of Ipswich is launching its Seniors’ Celebration at Marburg on Monday 16 August. Mayor Paul Pisasale and Councillor David Pahlke will be in attendance.

Starting at 9am and running through to 1pm there will be:

* Free Morning tea and lunch
* A First Aid overview and CPR demonstration
* Tai Chi class
* Trivia Competition
* All day entertainment and activities
*Launch of the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society’s new book – Winning the Coal: Coal Miners’ Stories from the Rosewood Scrub.
* The Rosewood Scrub Historical Society will be open all day for visitors.

All events will be held in the Marburg historical precinct at the corner of Queen and Edmond Streets, Marburg.

Contact: Barry Gratton 5464 4624 or Phil Marshall 5464 4903

Historical events

On Sunday 16 May the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society will have a special ‘Open Day’ to celebrate Heritage Week. The hall, in Edmond Street in Marburg, will be open from 10am till 4 pm. Everybody is welcome. Morning and afternoon tea will be offered.

The Heritage Faire to celebrate Heritage Week which is part of Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network, will be also be held on Sunday 16 May in Woodlands of Marburg, from 10am till 3 pm. The Rosewood Scrub Historical Society will, amongst many others, have a stall on this fair.

Take a look at the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society’s website or pop into either of these locations to catch up on local history.

A historical joke

In 1922 local GP Euchariste Sirois symbolically buried “Karl” on the range crossing to protest government inaction on road improvements. A stone was erected to highlight the plight of those using the road and Sirois wrote many letters to government and media pleading for the road to be fixed.

On 2 November 2008, Councillor David Pahlke, patron of the Rosewood Scrub Historical Society (RSHS) officially and with great good humour unveiled a stone and plaque to commemorate “Karl’s Joke.”

The stone had been preserved on the Zabel property and was donated to the historical society by Norm Zabel who assisted David with the unveiling.

The Rosewood and Districts Community Bank and the Ipswich City Council contributed funds to install this important historical monument outside the RSHS building on Edmond Street, Marburg.