Cr David Pahlke joined with the Evans Clan up on Evans Hill to celebrate the unveiling of the signs.
Some of the clan – Mary Mogensen nee Evans, her brother Allen and sister in laws Pam Evans widow of Harry and Shirley widow of Bob the last owner of the Evan’s property.
Cr Dave Pahlke with three generations of the Evans family Mary Mogensen, Allen Evans, Ruth Yates, Ray Yarrow, Noel Evans, Jeff Evans, Kathy Evans, Bruce Evans, Peter Evans and Coral Niethe, Kyle Evans and Heath Evans.
Siblings Mary Mogensen nee Evans and Allen Evans are filled with pride at the naming of Evan’s Hill, where they grew up.
Allen Evans presented Cr Dave Pahike with a copy of his book ‘ASchoolie remembers’ to be placed in the library.
The Evans family Mary Mogensen, Allen Evans, Ruth Yates, Ray Yarrow, Noel Evans, Jeff Evans, Kathy Evans, Bruce Evans, Peter Evans and Coral Niethe.
Gee I hope I didn’t leave anyone out!
Photos Cr David Pahlke
The story from the fabulous Moreton Border News, Moreton 15.9.2017
ANYONE travelling up Tallegalla Hill may notice new signage recognising Evans Hill, the place where the Evans family lived. But it is more than recognising ‘just a family that lived there’. This is a family which has a long and rich history in the region. It’s a history that goes back to 1878 and one that continues to grow today. And it is a hill that has always been known as Evans Hill although the name hadn’t been formalised.
Resident Mary Mogensen is the granddaughter of the man who first purchased the land where Mary grew up. She said she was proud that the area would be formally named in recognition of the family. “We owned land on both sides of the road and when I was growing up it was always known as Evans Hill.” Cr Dave Pahlke said the feature was in fact officially named in late 2015 but no signs were erected. “It wasn’t until Mary queried as to whether it would be signposted that we realised it had not happened,” he said.
Joseph William Evans was born in 1839 and lived until 1919. He purchased Portion 425, in the Parish of Walloon in 1878, although family records indicate it was in 1872. It was a 180 acres property and at that time Joseph paid 2s6d per acre. At the time it was the last Rosewood land before crossing the boundary into Tallegalla. The property was covered in dense scrub and family lore indicates it took him two weeks to work his way through the scrub to correctly identify his boundaries. Joseph was a farmer and he went on to open the first chemist shop in Rosewood where he acted as a local medic and dentist for the settlers as the nearest medic at the time was in Ipswich. His skills as a medic were learned during the American Civil War when he was captured as a spy. During his incarceration he worked as a doctor, dentist and chemist and he used these skills when he immigrated to Australia and chose Rosewood as his home.
When the road was built, it went through his property, so he ended up with property on both sides of the road. One story that is told about him is that during one bad drought, he had to walk to the Bremer River at the Seven Mile with large buckets to bring water home.
On one journey, when he was nearly home, he tripped and fell and the water was spilt so he had to walk back to get another load. The property was passed to his son, John W Evans, who later established the garage where Rosewood Hardware stands. It was known as Evans Brothers Garage. John and his wife became the parents of ten children. Today only two remain, Mary and her brother Allen. The family property passed to one of John’s sons who later sold it to New Hope Colliery.
The pine trees that feature on the left or western side of the road were planted by John’s sons just before World War II. They were left by John to his sons to be used for timber, but when the time came for them to be felled, permission was denied. The Evans property stayed in the family name until 1981. Recently members of the family gathered to recognise the formalising of Evan’s Hill. It was a time to capture the important moment in the history of the family with photos and tales of days gone by before heading back to Cabanda Cafe for a family lunch.