from Redhill to Gympie

A tribute to Michael Christian Daly & Eileen Gertrude Green,to their descendants and to their ancestors and to the many cousins
The Thallon Medal

Michael Christian Daly (1914-1988) was awarded the Thallon Medal in 1933 for scholarship when he was a student at Gympie High School.

The medal was based on merit and was awarded to those students of exceptional distinction. The award was established as a memorial to James Forsyth Thallon under whose leadship, Queensland Railways Department developed a broad framework. The award was a coveted distinction.

Michael was the son of an engine driver based in the old gold mining town of Gympie, some 100 miles north of Brisbane - the capital of the state of Queensland, Australia.

He was industrious and intelligent. At the Junior High School public examination he scored eight distinctions, a credit and a pass. Ten subjects in all! English literature for which he received the pass mark was not his forté. However he did excel in mathematics and all the sciences.

Goto these links for media reports from those days.

The original Gympie Times article
as submitted by Annie.

The original Courier Mail article
sourced from the National Library of Australia.

The original Courier Mail article (994Kb file)
as above, but with the full page of the newspaper. Read about the issues at stake in those days. It is a 1.13 Mb file so broadband download is recommended

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James Forsyth Thallon,

Commissioner for Railways (Qld)
1 November 1902 - 24 March 1911

"Thallon is a town in south western Queensland, Australia. The town is located in the Balonne Shire Local Government Area, 571 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane. Thallon is situated between St George and the border with New South Wales at Mungindi. The town is named after a Queensland Commissioner for railways, J.F Thallon.[2] At the 2006 census, Thallon and the surrounding area had a population of 292."

"In 1911, the St George Progress Association asked the Minister for Lands to resume 'Bullamon' (an Australian station or "ranch") )for closer settlement and 780 acres were gazetted as a town reserve. Development continued, stores opened and a hotel was built to cater for employees of the railway line which had arrived from Talwood. The town was named after the then Commissioner for Railways Mr J. F. Thallon."

Between 1902 and 1910 Mr Thallon was called before at least 27 Queensland Government committees of enquiry. Mostly these were concerning the extension of the rail network through Queensland and he appeared in his official role as a rail prima domo. A significant hearing concerned the "Sale of Pastoral Lands and Construction of Railways in the Western Interior" in 1902.