Imbil c 1927. Photographer: Catherine Jane Stehbens

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KarenMae on May 16, 2012

Hi Ian, I was wondering if you have any more old photos of Imbil? My Grandparents bought in Imbil in about 1945, in Elizabeth Street. My Grandmother sold their home at number 16 about 25 years ago, but my Sister and I have just bought it back. I am trying to date the house and get some more history on it, who owned it before them etc. Thanks Karen

Peacebuilders Intern… on May 17, 2012

Yes, Karen, I do and I am happy to share with you. I presume I knew your grandparents. Subdivision of Elizabeth Street occurred in 1914, and some homes were built in Elizabeth Street during the 1914-1919 period.


KarenMae on May 17, 2012

Hi Ian Thanks for responding. Yes Grandpa was Ted Zillmann they purchased number 16 in 1945, the land traces back to Walker Sanderson from 1916. The earliest photo I have found is from 1916 when the railway station was officially opened. I have started a facebook page called Elsie of Imbil and have loaded a few photos there. Let me know if you cant access facebook and i can load here for you. Nice to see that with all you extensive travels you are heading back to Imbil. We love it there. I would think you would know my Mother Joan and Aunt Thelma. Which house has the 1913 date? I am off there this weekend and would like to have a look. Yes it would be nice to catch up when you re-settle there, we are planing on spending weekends at the house when it is not let. Talk soon Ian Thank-you

Ian Stehbens on May 17, 2012

You certainly have done your homework on the property, Karen. I remember your Grandpa Ted well, and though I was a little younger than Thelma and your mother, I admired them. Your Grandpa kept a beautiful garden, and I think gerbras might have been his speciality - but childhood memories are a little unreliable at times.

The house with what I believe to be a wrong date ourt front is up the hill a few doors from your place, on the other side. As I have been living in the town for many years, I don't know who worked out the c1913 date for it. Give my warmest regards to your mother. My mother is in her 90s, still living there, and drove herself to Gympie and back today, and then spent her afternoon gardening. I'll be looking out for you sometime. I am often there on Mondays.


KarenMae on June 24, 2014

Hi Ian We are coming up to Imbil to stay at "Elsie" for a few days - I wondered if you and your Mum would like to come up next Monday (30th) for morning tea? I'd love to chat about Imbil and the history. I hope you get this email and you are free to visit with me. Karen

Ian Stehbens on June 26, 2014

It will be a delight and privilege to meet up with you again Karen, and to chat our history.


KarenMae on June 29, 2014

Lovely Ian - see you both tomorrow about 10am? Karen

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    by Ian Stehbens