OLD SCHOOL VALUES: The grandson of the founding principal of Flagstone Creek State School, Percival Duke, was presented with a model of the original school building at the schools 125th anniversary on the weekend. From left: daughter Yvonne Duke, Percival Duke and Del Grech.
OLD SCHOOL VALUES: The grandson of the founding principal of Flagstone Creek State School, Percival Duke, was presented with a model of the original school building at the schools 125th anniversary on the weekend. From left: daughter Yvonne Duke, Percival Duke and Del Grech.

125 years of history

A CORNERSTONE of the Lockyer Valley community celebrated its 125th anniversary on Saturday.

Over 500 people, some from as far away as New Zealand, attended the Flagstone Creek State School anniversary, showing just how important the school has been and will remain to the Lockyer Valley.

Current school principal Dave Prestridge said he wasn't surprised at the size of the attendance as the strong sense of community present in the Lockyer Valley was the main factor for such large numbers to attend.

"The day is just for everyone to gather, have a chat and reminisce the past," Mr Prestridge said.

Besides the over 500 hundred in attendance, one guest of note included 94-year-old Percival Duke who is the grandson of the founding principal Jacob Duke.

Mr Duke typifies many of his era and still holds possibly the values which still make the school important today.

"Dad died when I was seven and I had to leave school to work on a farm at 14 because of the depression," he said.

Mr Duke went on to drive trucks before joining up with the AIF as an instrument fitter in World War Two which stood him in good stead when he returned home after the war.

He worked in an instrument shop before starting his own business working on large power generating diesel engines all over Queensland before retiring at 70 years of age and then joining the grey nomad brigade to travel around Australia when he was 74.

Mr Duke drove his own car from Brisbane "in one go" which he sees as nothing out of the ordinary for a bloke his age.

Still bright and quick witted, Mr Duke said the secret to a long life was keeping an active mind and body and he was delighted to see so many attend the anniversary.

A fitting tribute to the memory of his father perhaps.


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