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Gatton golf trophy is passed on

LAST WISH: Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones, Helen McGuirk with daughter Kay-Patrice Low, Bernice McGarva from the Gatton Historical Society and Gatton Jubilee Golf Club life member John O’Brien at the presentation of the Gatton Shire Centenary Plate trophy to the historical society.
LAST WISH: Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones, Helen McGuirk with daughter Kay-Patrice Low, Bernice McGarva from the Gatton Historical Society and Gatton Jubilee Golf Club life member John O’Brien at the presentation of the Gatton Shire Centenary Plate trophy to the historical society. Amy Lyne

Thirty-five years ago Ken McGuirk was the winner of the Gatton Shire Centenary Plate at the Gatton Jubilee Golf Club.

When he arrived home that day, November 7, 1979, he told his wife Helen that when he died he wanted to give the trophy he won to the Gatton Historical Society.

Ken passed away in January this year, and last week his wife fulfilled his wishes to donate the trophy.

"It was important to Ken, he felt so privileged to win, he felt it was a piece of history and that the society should have it," she said.

She said Ken won the event on 62 net and was presented with the wall clock trophy, which was provided by the council.

"As there can ever be only one centenary, Ken's wishes were that the clock be presented to the Historical Society after his death and he only reiterated that comment in December last year, a month before his death on Australia Day this year," she said.

Helen said that for the last 35 years the trophy had taken pride of place in the McGuirk's dining room, fittingly a picture of Ken now hangs in its place.


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