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Pat Thaler
Pat Thaler
Community close-up | Sep 24th 2012
Vale Patt Thaler
Patricia Ellen Thaler (Patt), beloved mother of Island resident Helene Rankin and grandmother to Dylan, Sascha and Milo, passed away peacefully in Paliative Care at Townsville Hospital on Saturday 22nd September.
Community close-up | Sep 10th 2012
Sand detective, Colin Fulford with brother Roy at West Point
Sand detective, Colin Fulford with brother Roy at West Point
The sand detective of Magnetic Island
At Magnetic Island’s West Point there was a scattering of fishers along the beach famous for its scenic sunsets. Some were casting lines and others, nets. Nobody was catching much but the man I was assisting was. They weren’t edible, nor did they swim - for we weren’t working the waters but the sandy shore... for treasure!
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Community close-up | Aug 1st 2012
Howard Abbott
Howard Abbott
Vale Howard Abbott
Howard Lockyer Abbott was born at Adelaide, South Australia in 1926. After an academic career in Theology, Sociology and Community Development Howard retired to North Queensland with his wife Alison.
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Community close-up | Jun 14th 2012
Carolyn Pike
Carolyn Pike
A memorial gathering for Carolyn Pike
Following the sad news that, much-loved Magnetic Islander, Carolyn Pike died recently, her partner, Tony Cuthbertson, will be back on Magnetic this weekend to attend a memorial gathering for Carolyn. Following is a message from a group of friends who have organised the event at Nelly Bay beach.
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Community close-up | Jun 7th 2012
Carolyn Pike
Carolyn Pike
Remembering Carolyn Pike
Without a clear direction from her partner, Tony Cuthbertson, Magnetic Times has delayed it's posting of the very sad news that Carolyn Pike, a much-loved Islander, humanitarian, conservationist and keen yachtie, died suddenly on May 26 in Fiji, from a "ruptured berry aneurysm". Following is a message from Tony, received today, with some background to the tragic event which he wanted to share with all of his and Carolyn's friends and acquaintances.
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Community close-up | May 27th 2012
Horseshoe's old girls and boys together again
Horseshoe's old girls and boys together again
Horseshoe Bay School reunion memories
Despite Magnetic Island’s overcast and cool weather, the Horseshoe Bay School Reunion gathering at the old school house was as warm as ever when 37 former students gathered to reminisce their happy times at the little school which opened in 1949 and was closed after Cyclone Althea in 1972.
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Community close-up | Aug 31st 2011
Julian aged about 5 with Poss
Julian aged about 5 with Poss
Christine Assange recalls her Magnetic Island days
“I’ve been approached by journalists from all over the world who I have turned down,” said, Christine Assange, mother of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. “But I called you because I love Magnetic Island and I was really heartened by the quality of journalism in Magnetic Times and I’m comfortable enough to trust you with my story,”
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Community close-up | Jul 16th 2011
Martin Gibson
Martin Gibson
Martin Gibson Life Celebration today
Since we reported the death, in June, of a much-loved Islander, Martin Gibson, the outpouring of condolences for his widow, Lorna Hempstead AM, President of the Magnetic Island Community Development Association, has been overwhelming and continues. For those who would like to join Lorna, to celebrate the life of Martin, a gathering will take place this afternoon (Saturday July 16). Following are the details.
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Community close-up | Mar 31st 2011
Alan Green
Alan Green
Vale Alan Green 1936-2011
On Friday, friends of Alan Green, a Magnetic Island resident of over 30 years gathered at Alma Bay to pay their last respects and scatter his ashes. Unfortunately, due to technical problems Magnetic Times was unable to post the following eulogy earlier and inform readers of the event but we hope the following tribute from Alan's family will serve to help those who knew Alan to reflect on his life. We also encourage those who wish to comment about Alan to add their thoughts in the comments box below the article.
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Community close-up | Feb 24th 2011
Garth and Jan Gifford
Garth and Jan Gifford
Garth's 80th brings four generations together
Historic Forest Haven accommodation house in Arcadia was full with 70 family members last weekend, all there to help Garth Gifford celebrate his 80th Birthday.
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Vale Luther "Lou" Ingham 1914 - 2011
Aged 96, Luther "Lou" Ingham, former owner of the Nelly Bay Store, musician and an one of the founders of the Magnetic Island Country Club (golf course) passed away on January 9 [ read more ]
An ex-Buddhist monk tells his remarkable story
Having lived as a Buddhist monk for 17 years - mostly in a remote Sri Lankan forest - then returning to modern Australia in the mid 1990s, Magnetic Island resident Chittapala, offers a unique story of huge personal commitment mixed equally with sublime gentleness [ read more ]
Remembering Claude Timms
Although so very sad, the crematorium funeral last Tuesday for an lslander who left us in his prime, Claude Timms, was a most impressive and expressive community event and will be remembered long and fondly by the 200 or so friends and relatives of Claude and his family who attended [ read more ]
Vale Claude Brian Timms: 1968 - 2010
A popular and well-known Magnetic Islander, Claude Timms of Bolger Bay, passed away last Tuesday 19 October, following a lengthy illness [ read more ]
Vale Dr Dot Cole: 1929 - 2010
Noted as a pioneer of social justice in North Queensland but also as a much-loved member of the Magnetic Island community since she and her husband Alastair moved to Magnetic in 1996, Dr Dot Cole passed away at the age of 81 yesterday [ read more ]
Lorna Hempstead receives Order of Australia
“I burst into tears when I heard,” is how Magnetic Island Community Development Association President, Lorna Hempstead described her reaction to the news on Monday that she had been awarded an Order of Australia – making her Ms Lorna Hempstead AM [ read more ]
A holiday that really helps
If you have ever travelled in a developing country it is likely you may have felt a little like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt - becoming the centre of attention, surrounded by poor people you are compariatively far wealthier than, you might as well be Angelina or Brad [ read more ]
"Words are beautiful when they are strung together"
It's the season for celebrating achievement around Magnetic Island with locals Tony Wilson and Kay Colwell chalking up big personal milestones [ read more ]
“I love being on the water and with people too”
On Christmas Eve 1979 a 32 year old bloke by the name of Tony Wilson started work as a deckie with Hayles Magnetic Island Ferries [ read more ]
Twenty years with a Magnetic Touch
Twenty years ago a single mother with two young boys arrived on Magnetic Island [ read more ]
Vale: Pierre Henri le Grand (1943 - 2009)
Earlier this month a man who left an permanent and indelible legacy in the heart of the Magnetic Island community and many other parts of Australia passed away [ read more ]
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Readers comments
Syl Hayes In reply to Fair raises $15,000 for school
What a wonderful outcome for the school! I had a great time face-painting with Luke and Sasha, met lots of kids and parents,scored some great books at the Trash n Treasure stall, and even remembered to vote. Everywhere you looked people were enjoying themselves...such a tribute to the organisers. Well done!
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The poll
Should Magnetic Island commission a sculpture to celebrate the achievements of Julian Assange?
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