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Maleny’s Forgotten Soldier Remembered

Maleny’s Forgotten Soldier Remembered

Killed on the bloody battlefields of WWI and without a grave for his family to mourn, Maleny man Tom Lillingstone’s story had almost vaporised from history … until now. Armed with dogged determination, Lillingstone’s niece – Jill Lillingstone – meticulously researched...

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Passing time with Uncle Jack Charles

Passing time with Uncle Jack Charles

Uncle Jack Charles is often acknowledged as the ‘grandfather of Aboriginal theatre in Australia’, and co-founded the first Aboriginal theatre company, Nindethana Theatre, with Bob Maza, in 1972.  This is just a snippet, however, of the prolific work and rich life...

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Goalie with goals

Goalie with goals

Fourteen-year-old Sam Lapsley from Maleny has made five Queensland hockey teams for the last three years running and is working towards a place in an Australian team - it’s safe to say hockey is his passion.  by Jacqui Hensel    Hockey is one of Australia’s most...

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Rock on

Rock on

Under the shade of twisted trees and along a worn timber railing, perched upon a large rock and even peeking out amongst town signs is something bright and full of fun that is popping up all over the Sunshine Coast and hinterland. by Rebecca Mugridge   Have you seen...

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The man behind the mechanic

The man behind the mechanic

Writer Gay Liddington met David Woolston 20 years ago when new to Maleny and seeking a mechanic. Over the years they’ve bantered about cars and family. However, it wasn’t until his recent departure from business, Range Auto Centre and subsequently, this interview,...

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It’s a dog’s life

It’s a dog’s life

Vet nurse Kate Taylor has a great affection for dogs, and also enjoys travelling the globe - so what better way to marry the two than join Vets Beyond Borders and have an unforgettable experience in Cambodia? By Victoria McGuin Kate Taylor loves animals – dogs in...

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Picture perfect

Picture perfect

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is renowned for nurturing, supporting and embracing creative talent in a community which enables artists to shine. HT’s Angela Reedman-Polinski met with local Maleny painter, Lara Cooper, as she launched her fifth solo exhibition at the...

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A cause for celebration

A cause for celebration

The Maleny Youth Festival is coming and, after meeting the team behind it, HT’s Victoria McGuin is hoping it’s the best year ever for them all.  By Victoria McGuin Do you ever have a day where you meet a group of people who fill you will hope and joy? I had one...

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Bringing ballroom to the hills

Bringing ballroom to the hills

Dancing with the stars is a reality for Wendy and Christopher Ward, with that sparkling canopy above their Maleny home each night!  Their passion for dance and music is also their favourite way of sharing creativity with the community.  by Jacqui Hensel For...

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Montville Cricket – A mostly even playing field

Montville Cricket – A mostly even playing field

Montville Cricket – A mostly even playing field by Cate and Doug Patterson, Montville History Group   Two remarkable photos from the early 1900s came to light from a Smith Family Collection. One is of early settlers with seven of the men named, the other is of an...

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Delving into the dairy

Delving into the dairy

Delving into the dairy   by Angela Reedman-Polinski   Viewers all over the world last month saw the gloss and glamour of the Channel Ten MasterChef television show visiting The Old Dairy in Maleny. The media coverage has reached far and wide on that event, but in HT...

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Joe’s journey

Joe’s journey

From war, to a cyclone, to toppling in a tank – it’s all part of a rich life story for Maleny local, Joe Beaupellet.  by Victoria McGuin Joe Beaupellet is a gentleman. The welcoming smile, coffee and biscuits upon my arrival gave me this clear impression. He is also a...

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