Grandaughter Amelia with Rose (right), has kept the music going in the family after taking up a variety of instruments.
Grandaughter Amelia with Rose (right), has kept the music going in the family after taking up a variety of instruments.

A life dedicated to music

MUSIC has been the driving force in Rose Joyce Postle's life since she can remember.

An avid reader of the Star, Rose celebrates her 90th birthday this Thursday and has reflected on her eventful life and strong connection to the local region.

Age is no boundary for Mrs Postle as she lives independently at Ma Ma Creek and goes to Gatton on the Blue Care bus weekly to do essential shopping and other appointments.

Rose's daughter Janine said she excelled at the piano and spent every spare moment she had in front of the black and white keys.

“It was her musical talent, which was detected and encouraged by her father early in life, which drew her to a career in music,” she said.

“After many arduous hours of practice, she forged a career teaching children in the community surrounding Kingaroy.

“She got from home to home to teach lessons by riding a horse or pushbike in the hot sun.”

During World War II, Rose travelled from her home at Home Creek near Kingaroy by service car to Brisbane to learn how to play the piano professionally.

Rose taught piano during these years to supplement the family's income, travelling into Gatton and also teaching in her home.

Janine said travelling far distances helped her attain the highest level of music qualification from the Trinity College of Music in London.

“She still plays really well, but she no longer tutors for money,” Janine said.

Rose achieved this milestone during the war years when she had to shop with a ration card and coupons to buy rare items.

The Postle family has been associated with the Gatton area since 1965 when Rose, Clive and their six children moved to Ma Ma Creek.

They purchased 320 acres of land that lies directly under the landmark of Mount Ma Ma.

The family expanded the original dairy farm which had been selected by the Rosenburg Family in the 1800s, starting a piggery which was state-of-the-art in the late 1960s.

Janine said Rose sold the farm in 1972 after her husband, Clive, passed away and she relocated to Hervey Bay.

Rose now lives on ten acres, subdivided from the family farm, in a unique house designed and built by her son David.


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