Farming history chronicled

Farming families celebrated: Editor Pat Mapes shows off the cover of the new book, ‘Junabee Farms & Families’. The cover design was by Judy Brewer of Tabletop Publishing, Toowoomba.

The farming families of the Junabee district near Warwick are the focus of a new book soon to be released.

The book, ‘Junabee Farms & Families’, has been compiled and edited by Junabee resident Patricia (Pat) Mapes (nee Brewer).

Pat says the book is something of a ‘spin-off’ from a book published in 2012 to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Junabee and Jingarry State schools.

“In compiling that record of student and teacher memories, a large volume of information was received that pertained more to the wider district rather than just the schools,” Pat said.

“It was decided then that a second book was warranted.

“The book has been a collaborative effort and I’d like to acknowledge all those local residents past and present who so enthusiastically supported the project.

“In particular I wish to thank Mavis March (nee Coy) for providing a great deal of photographic and research material.

“The book outlines – as far as possible – the ownership history of the various properties that make up the Junabee district – a task that was not always a straightforward one.”

At 270 A4 pages, the book will retail for $30 (plus $13.00 postage and handling if applicable).

Pat said a large number of orders had been received already but she’s confident there will be others who would like to add their names to the list.

New orders need to be placed no later than Friday 15 March. Call 4667 3129 or mobile 0412 563 288 or email

Pat said if you have relatives or friends who live away from the area and who might be interested please forward this information on to them.

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