D is for Daisy Louisa Harvison and later Draper's Siding.
Pottering around TROVE I found Daisy mentioned in the Mackay Mercury's Marian notes describing the facilities in Marian - obviously, Daisy was doing well in her refreshment room - I wonder what her scones were like?
|1923 'MARIAN.', Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954), 28 March, p. 8. , viewed 04 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169209483|
|1924 'Advertising', Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954), 21 January, p. 8. , viewed 04 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169221213|
1924 'MARIAN.', Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954), 5 July, p. 3. , viewed 04 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168136516
1925 'Advertising', Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954), 7 October, p. 8. , viewed 04 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168620397
There are many more mentions of Daisy being involved in the local community of Marian. She was organising fundraisers for the local Church of England, fancy dress dances, and morning teas. No doubt her experience as a businesswoman in her refreshment rooms gave her a head start.
Daisy married Wilhelm August Carl Zunker on the 9th June 1926 - possibly in Marian. She died on the 18th October 1983 - more research needed.
Reading about Daisy in the Marian community in the 1920s we can see a glimpse of what community life was like - there being no TV or the Internet - people made their own events gathering together and meeting other like-minded people. Daisy fits into my impression of what rural Mackay was like from conversation with my grandmother who was born in North Eton in 1898.
Now ... on to Draper's Siding named after Andrew Draper who owned the land where the railway line finished to the north of the township of Eton.
The introduction of the train service to the Pioneer Valley (Mackay Region) on 10th August 1885 when the first trains ran to Mackay from Draper's Siding (near Eton). The total length of the line opened on that day was 22.4 miles (Daily Mercury Saturday 26 August 1939). There was also a branch line from Newbury Junction to Hamilton (later called Mirani) on the banks of the Pioneer River. The railway certainly opened up the area west of Mackay and enabled passengers and goods to be transported easily and with some confidence of frequency of trains. No doubt the Harvison and Walker families used this line.
Scrolling through TROVE there is numerous mentions of the ambulance service at Draper's Siding and the number of cases transported - it seems that the area had its fair share of trauma.
In 1902, the half-yearly meeting of the North Eton Cooperative Mill reported that the tramway connected to Draper's Siding was lifted and relaid to connect with Victoria Siding, a station one mile closer to the mill. At the time of reporting my great grandfather John Douglas Thomas, was the Secretary of the Mill.
|1902 'North Eton Central Mill.', Mackay Mercury (Qld. : 1887 - 1905), 4 September, p. 2. , viewed 05 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article170219358|
1952 'SIDING TO BE REMOVED', Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954), 1 April, p. 2. , viewed 04 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article172092322
So after 67 years the actual rail siding was removed - however people still reside in the Draper's Siding area today.