MEMORIES: Mackay Intermediate School class of 1948-1949 at a recent reunion.
MEMORIES: Mackay Intermediate School class of 1948-1949 at a recent reunion. Contributed

School friends keen to catch up after 71 years

AT 84, Marie Murray is the oldest student in her class.

It may have been 71 years since they were at school together, but Mrs Murrary said her friends had never let her forget the fact she was the oldest.

Next weekend the Mackay Intermediate School class of 1948-1949 will meet for their annual reunion, an event Mrs Murray has organised every year for the past 25 years.

Mrs Murray said students from around the region had attended the Intermedate School (now Mackay Central State School) after completing lower grades at local schools.

"We finished at Year 5 and went on to do 6 and 7 at Intermediate before many went on to tertiary college,” she said.

Mrs Murray didn't go to college because of the cost. Instead, she trained as a tailoress.

"I worked for (Mackay) Mayor Greg Williamson's grandfather, Bill Williamson, at Williamson and Sons Tailors for 11 years,” she said.

In later years Mrs Murray helped to run Murray's Milkbar on Wood Street, a popular venue for dancers from the Parish Hall.

She still recalls the Calypso milkshake, which was the most popular.

"It was a vanilla milkshake with fruit salad and vanilla ice cream,” she said.

The class reunion will be held on September 7 and 8.

"We always host it the weekend after Father's Day,” Mrs Murray said.

Some former students plan to travel to Mackay for the event, including Joan Eisentragger, who is coming from Melbourne.

The participants will enjoy an afternoon tea provided by Mrs Murrary, a function at North Mackay Bowls Club and a bus trip to Eungella.

For more information phone Marie Murray on 0402 911 316.