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October 30, 2008

The Brisbane Courier Monday 18 May 1891 -
Labour meeting at Goodna


MONDAY 18 MAY 1891



May 17.

A meeting was held at Goodna last night for the purpose of forming a Workers' Political Organisation, to work conjointly with the other organisations which had been formed in the district.

Mr. Stevenson presided, and the hall was fairly well filled. After the chairman had explained the object of the meeting, which had been called by circular and not by the usual method of advertising in the newspapers circulating in the district.

Mr. THOMAS GLASSEY, M.L.A., addressed the meeting for an hour and a-half. In the course of his speech he said he had been reading in that morning's Courier the statements made by the Premier at the opening of the Beaudesert show, and he would take the opportunity of challenging to some extent those statements.

In referring to the shearers' strike Sir Samuel had said that he believed the people of the colony would endorse the action taken by the Government during the crisis. He (Mr. Glassey) maintained that the great bulk of the people did not support the policy of the Government on the occasion; and unless they retraced their stops, he would, when Parliament met, challenge them to dissolve it.

He was opposed to the line of policy that the Government were at present pursuing. He would ask the electors when the time came, if they were favourable to tho Government, to elect someone also to represent them in his place, but if not, to again return him. They should ask the Government to give the people an opportunity to declare their opinions on the subject, and he personally would have no fear as to what would be the result.

The Premier had said that the Government were not to take sides with either party, but to maintain law and order. He (the speaker) would be sorry to misjudge any man, particularly a man in such a high position as the Premier; but he could not help thinking that the verdict of the country, so far as it concerned the Government, would be one unfavourable to the course they had pursued; and he believed the people would be of his opinion, and that was that the Government had acted partially, and had taken sides with the capitalistic sect¡on of the community.

Persons had been imprisoned without sufficient reason. He spoke also about the conditions of labour in England and in Australia, and laid great stress upon what he said was a fact that in many branches of labour in the colony females were asked to do the same work as males at one-half or one-third the rate of wages.

He said that something of this sort had been seen at a place that had come under the notice of the labour commissioners in Ipswich. He referred to the matter of certain portions of the Press having sent representatives to write articles on such topics as the building trades, in order, he asserted, to show what a dreadful state of things had been brought about by the unionists. This was merely a capitalistic cry as hollow as it was loud. He concluded by hoping that better and brighter prospects were before the colony in the future.

The chairman appealed to those present to join the organisation. He announced that a collection would be taken up to pay for the hall, and stated that any balance that remained after doing so would be added to the £3 gathered at Dinmore on the previous Saturday, and forwarded to the shearers.

During the time the collection was being made Mr. M. PATTERSON moved, and Mr. J. WEBB seconded, - "That in the opinion of this meeting the time has fully arrived when the wage-earners should be more thoroughly represented in the Legislature, and with a view to carrying that object into effect a branch of the Workers' Political Organisation should be established in Goodna."

Before the motion was proposed a considerable number of persons had left the hall, and on it being put to the meeting about a dozen hands were held up in favour of it, while none voting against it the resolution was declared carried.

The CHAIRMAN then announced that the collection had amounted to 15s., and the proceedings terminated.

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October 11, 2008

Goodna Rugby League hails its greatest team of all time

From The Courier-Mail of 11 October 2008:

Tradition, family rule at Goodna Rugby League Club

Bernie Pramberg

HENRY Jorgensen and his mates used to tie their horses to a hitching rail and then run out for a game of footy for Goodna Rugby League Club.

Henry's son Ray captained the club to its first A grade premiership in the traditionally tough Ipswich competition in 1969.

These days, Ray Jorgensen, 64, delights in turning up to watch his grandsons play junior league in the club colours.

Ray Jorgensen one of Goodna Rugby
League Club's stalwarts.

Since 1912, there's been plenty of blood, sweat and bruises on Goodna's picturesque ground.

Backing on to the Brisbane River and surrounded by jacaranda trees which are now in splendid bloom, Goodna is unashamedly a battling, blue-collar club.

If rugby league is the working man's game, then Goodna typifies the game's heartland.

Next Friday, Jorgensen and 200 others will celebrate the naming of the club's greatest team.

One of Goodna's proudest sons, Noel "Ned" Kelly, will be there as captain of the side.

"Ned played his early football here and then went to Ipswich Brothers where he went on to represent Australia," Jorgensen recalled.

"He comes to all our dos and they named a street at the end of the oval after him."Just as well Kelly is tough - it's going to be a busy day.

After the Goodna lunch, (which usually extends way beyond sunset), he will go to a Brothers function where their "team of the century" will be announced.

Jorgensen is also an ex-Brothers player, winning a premiership in 1967 and representing Ipswich in Bulimba Cup matches.

"I got married and moved to Redbank," he said.

"Once the Goodna blokes found out I was living locally they approached me to come down and help start their first A grade team in '68.

"There were no hard feelings when I left Brothers, and coming here was the best move of my life. I've made lifelong friends. There's a real spirit here.

"This is how it goes at Goodna - if someone's wife gets sick people phone up and send flowers. One of the blokes wants his ashes thrown on the field when he dies, another one has it written in his will that the Goodna song be sung at his funeral.

"On game day there are probably 50 or 60 old Goodna players on the hill having a great afternoon. On Saturday mornings, a lot of us get there to watch our grandsons. It's a real family atmosphere."

Jorgensen said some players signed by the club in the 1970s who had secured employment through officials or supporters were still working in the same jobs and raising families in the district.

Several players from the 1968 inaugural premiership side have been named in Goodna's greatest team.

Jorgensen has vivid memories of that season.

"Goodna had a lot of local talent and got Warren Beck from Brisbane Wests as coach in '69," he said.

"We had the skills, but needed better conditioning and Warren introduced a different attitude to training.

"We played RAAF in the grand final and they flew blokes in from all over Australia to play. They even had jets from Amberley do a flyover just before kick-off. It was a big occasion, but we won the match."

The late Noel "Chips" Harrington, who later became a cult figure in Brisbane club football, played in the premiership side with fullback Max Henderson, who was on $2 a goal, centre Roy Kippen, five-eighth Ken Bretherton, second-rowers Rod Hoffmeister and Ron Daylight, and player-coach Beck - all members of Goodna's greatest team.

Jorgensen coached the team in 1970 when the club lost key players to other clubs."We had to rebuild and Eddie Maizey came in as coach and turned the club around," he said.

"Eddie had a lot of new ideas and won premierships in 1973 and '74 as well a losing grand final in '75. He had a brilliant coaching career here."

Although the club started in 1912, the greatest team has been selected from players since World War II because many early records were lost in the 1974 flood.

The team is: Max Henderson; Frank Castles, Roy Kippen, Barry Rissman, Barry Butler; Ken Bretherton, Craig Wehrman; Noel "Chips" Harrington (dec'd), Noel Kelly, Ray Jorgensen, Rod Hoffmeister, Ron Daylight (dec'd), Harry Naylor.

Reserves: Bill McKee (dec'd), Warren Beck, Steven Pierce, Jeff Johnson.

Coach: Eddie Maizey (dec'd).

Strapper-trainer: Dick Gunthorpe (dec'd).

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Ipswich's Eastern Suburbs including Goodna, Gailes, Camira,
Bellbird Park, Augustine Heights, Brookwater, Springfield,
Redbank Plains, Redbank and Collingwood Park.

Please email Cr Paul Tully with details for inclusion of local

historical information on this site.