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Walton, George - History

Walton, George - History

George Walton

George Walton was born sometime in the 1740's not far from Farmville, Virginia. Both of his parents died when he was very young, and he was raised by an uncle who found him a position as an apprentice with a carpenter. Walton was eager to receive more of an academic education, however, and he managed to do quite a bit of reading on his own. He moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1769, and began to study law with a local lawyer in this same year. Walton also began his political career in 1769.

In July of 1775 Walton attended the second provincial congress and was chosen to be its secretary. In 1776, at the third provincial congress, Walton was chosen to be a delegate at the Continental Convention. He served there until 1781, concentrating on issues pertaining to national finance, Indian affairs, and western lands.

Later in life, Walton remained active in politics. He sat on the State Superior Court, was chosen as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and was a member of the U. S. Senate from 1795 until 1796. He died in his early sixties in 1804, and was laid to rest at the Signers' Monument in Augusta, Georgia.


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Construction of Walton High School began in 1973, and the school opened in 1975. Various sections of the school have been renovated, and entirely new halls have been added continuously, each time with their own distinct type of architecture and style. Throughout these many years of construction, especially in recent years, mobile classrooms, colloquially called "trailers," were added to accommodate for the classrooms rendered unavailable. A small number are still in use today, primarily for required Health classes and formerly for in-school suspension.

Walton has been a Georgia School of Excellence since the program's creation in 1984, and in the same year was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. [8] [9] Walton became a charter school in 1998. [10]

Dumb & Dumberer Edit

Portions of the 2003 movie Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd were filmed in the Walton auto shop, science rooms, and cafeteria. [11] The basketball gym was painted over with the film's fictional logo, and to replace it, part of the film's budget went towards buying a new floor for the entire gym, which was removed in summer of 2019 as part of the renovations of the school. The logo of the old gym is framed near the entrance to the new gym.

121 full-time and 15 part-time teachers are employed at Walton, as well as seven full-time and two part-time administrators. Including other special resource teachers and support staff, Walton has 174 full-time and 21 part-time employees. [12] The student-teacher ratio is 20:1, above the state average of 14:1. [13]

Walton gained charter status in 1998, which was renewed in 2003, 2008, and 2012. Walton's administration has made several changes to the school's policy and schedule, among other areas, through this. One of the changes is the Walton Governance Council, which replaces the original local council in matters pertaining to the maintenance of the charter and its renewal every five years. This larger and more diverse council was also a change given by the charter itself to better represent its stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others). [12]

Possibly Walton's most noticeable change is the Walton Enrichment Block, or WEB, which shortens classes one day a week (usually Wednesday) to provide students several hours to complete missed assignments, receive individual instruction, or simply leave early. WEBs only occur on weeks without any other events such as county-mandated teacher workdays or early releases.

Walton also allows students to take additional classes before and after school. Many students today take advantage of 0 Period to take an additional course each day before the normal school day begins. 0 period is also included in the "Flex Schedule," in which students may leave after 6th period by taking a 0 period class, thus still giving six classes and a lunch period. The 8th period adopted in the 2008 charter will likely serve similar purposes as 0 period. [12]

The use of online grade, attendance, and discipline reports on the school's website is another long-standing addition. Parents are encouraged to visit the site to keep track of their student's progress and to maintain overall parental involvement in each student's education. Other changes to Walton's policy include using textbooks other than those specified by the county and having local control over funds given by the state.

One other significant change Walton makes, though not specifically regulated by the charter, is known as the incentive policy. If a student has A averages (90–100%) in any classes, he or she may exempt the final exams at the end of the semester for any two of them. The same is allowed if the student has a passing grade and two or fewer absences in that class. Tardies are also included in determining incentive, with three tardies equating to one absence. The student will also receive an additional 10% on each final taken with the attendance incentive.

The petition adopted in 2008 also proposes a new method of evaluating teachers called the "Collaborative Growth Model," a release from mandated End of Course Test days that conflict with AP exams, and recognition of Project Lead the Way courses as being worthy of half a quality point towards a grade point average. [12]

The school offers many clubs, groups, and societies exist for a variety of interests. Walton has a Beta Club, a National Honor Society, and a Habitat for Humanity group. It also has a Politically Active Citizens, and a Future Physicians Club. [14] Aside from general interest groups, service clubs, and honor societies, students may participate in various sports, fine arts, and academic organizations.

Athletics Edit

Walton has won the GADA Dodge AAAAA Directors Cup four times since its creation in 1999 for having superior overall athletic performance [15] and five consecutive volleyball championships from 1999 to 2002. [16] In recent years, it has won state championships in boys' tennis, led by outgoing team captain Mitch Lyons, girls' tennis, [15] [17] boys' soccer (2006, 2008, 2011), [18] and boys' baseball. [15] Also in 2011, the men's lacrosse team had an undefeated year where they won the school's first lacrosse championship, and made a promising run in the 2014 season under new Head Coach Griffin Spotz, making it to the semi-finals. In 2004, the Walton Raider football team went undefeated in their region. The Raiders beat Valdosta High School in the state quarter-finals to advance to the state semi-finals at the Georgia Dome, before falling to Parkview High School. In 2007, the Raiders were again region champions, beating the previous state champion and nationally ranked Roswell High School, and the last undefeated team Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in the state quarter-finals to advance to the state semi-finals before falling to North Gwinnett High School at the Georgia Dome. [16]

The boys' curling team, which was started in 2007, won its first state championship in 2008 after just one year of training. They went on to nationals, only to finish in last place.

The Raider rugby team, founded in 2007, won its third straight state high school championship in 2010. [19] Raider Rugby is still a club team but is currently working on becoming a school-supported sport. [20]

"Raider Valley", the home field of the Walton Raiders, went through some major renovations during the summer of 2010. The football team raised enough money to build a new stadium. The Raiders put in a new football field, along with a top-of-the-line Jumbotron score board. The renovations took place all summer the new turf field is meant to be beneficial to all outdoor activities. [21]

Football Region Championships [22]
Year Record
1986 11–3 (Region 5-AAAA)
1999 9–2 (Region 6-AAAA)
2003 11–1 (Region 5-AAAAA)
2004 12–2 (Region 6-AAAAA)
2007 12–2 (Region 6-AAAAA)
2008 9–2 (Region 6-AAAAA)
2011 14–1 (Region 6-AAAAA)
2017 11-1 (Region 4-AAAAAAA)

Academic Edit

The Walton Academic Bowl team won the GATA varsity state championship from 2004 to 2006. [ citation needed ] It has won numerous prestigious awards, and its members won the American Academic Challenge in 1995. [23]

The Science Bowl team won the state championship in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012, and also placed third in the 2005 national competition. [24]

The Math Team has won the state championship nine times. The team has won numerous tournaments and awards in the past few years. Many of the members are also members of the Georgia ARML team. The Walton MathFest, a math tournament and conference for high school students, is hosted by the team in the spring.

Walton Mock Trial won their regional competition for four years consecutively, in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, with many individual students winning awards at both the regional competition and the state competition. The program continues to grow more competitive each year.

Other academic extracurriculars include Debate Team and the Raider Script magazine.


Walton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Walton comes from when the family resided in one of the many places called Walton found throughout England. The surname Walton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Early Origins of the Walton family

The surname Walton was first found in Somerset at Walton-In-Gordano, a parish, in the union of Bedminster, hundred of Portbury. "This manor was owned by Ralph de Mortimer, kinsman of William the Conqueror some of his family were earls of March, and under them the manor was held for several generations by Richard de Walton and his descendants." [1]

However, some of the family also held estates at Walton-On-The-Hill in Lancashire from early times. "In the time of Edward the Confessor, Winestan, a Saxon, held Waletone and soon after the Conquest a family named Waleton or Walton is mentioned as having possessions here. By a charter of the 2nd of John, the king granted all his land in Waleton to Richard de Mida, son of Gilbert de Waleton and the same family is named in connexion with various legal acts in subsequent reigns. In the 15th century, Roger Walton died without male issue, and his two daughters carried their inheritance to their husbands." [1]

Simon de Wauton, Watton, Walton or Walthone (d. 1266), Bishop of Norwich was probably a native of Walton d'Eiville, Warwickshire and was "one of the clerks of King John, and received from him the church of St. Andrew, Hastings, on 9 April 1206, and two other livings in the two following years." [2]

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Early History of the Walton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walton research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1351, 1370, 1437, 1370, 1410, 1490, 1593, 1683, 1600, 1661, 1600, 1661, 1665, 1739, 1665, 1690 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Walton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Walton Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Walton include Walton, Waltone and others.

Early Notables of the Walton family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Walton, British Knight who bravely fought at the Combat of the Thirty on March 26th, 1351. Another Sir Thomas Walton (1370?-1437?), was Speaker of the House of Commons, born probably about 1370, was son of John de Walton of Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire. [2] John Walton ( fl. 1410), was an English poet and another John Walton (d. 1490?) was Archbishop of Dublin. Izaak Walton (1593-1683), was an English writer, best known as the author of The Compleat (Complete) Angler. Brian Walton (1600-1661), was an English cleric and scholar.
Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Walton family to Ireland

Some of the Walton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Walton migration +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Walton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Walton, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Walton, who settled in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Richard Walton, aged 21, who arrived in Barbados in 1634 [3]
  • William Walton, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635 [3]
  • Daniel Walton who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • . (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Walton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Walton, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [3]
  • Samuel Walton, who arrived in Virginia in 1710 [3]
  • Margeratt Walton, aged 25, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [3]
Walton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Walton, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1800 [3]
  • Charles Walton, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Georgette Walton, who landed in New York in 1822 [3]
  • Jacob Walton, who landed in New York in 1822 [3]
  • Mary Ann Walton, who arrived in New York in 1822 [3]
  • . (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Walton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Maurice Walton, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 [3]
  • Morris Walton, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 [3]

Walton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Walton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Walton, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Mr. Jesse Walton U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a Quaker [4]
  • Mr. Jesse Walton U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
Walton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Walton, aged 24, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • S. Walton, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
Walton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

Walton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Walton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Walton, British Convict who was convicted in Yorkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Christopher Walton, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia[6]
  • John Walton, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia[6]
  • Mr. James Walton, English convict who was convicted in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales[7]
  • Mr. John Walton, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st September 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia[8]
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Walton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Walton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ann Walton, aged 27, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Mrs. Ann Walton, (b. 1812), aged 27, British settler travelling from London with a child aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [9]
  • Mr. Walton, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand on 11th April 1841 [10]
  • James Walton, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship Ursula
  • J Walton, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1844
  • . (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Walton (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton (1918-1992), American businessman and entrepreneur, founder of Walmart and Sam's Club, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Roy Walton (1932-2020), English-born, Scottish card magic expert
  • Sir John Nicholas Walton (1922-2016), BaronWalton of Detchant, English neuroscientist and life peer
  • Billy Walton (1871-1963), English footballer
  • Sir William Turner Walton OM (1902-1983), English composer, his best-known works include Façade, the cantata Belshazzar's Feast, the Viola Concerto, and the First Symphony
  • Mr. John Walton, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1497 to 1498
  • Mrs. Maxine Elizabeth Walton M.B.E., British Assistant Director for EU Turkey Agreement Liaison for Athens, Home Office, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Border Security [11]
  • Daniel James "Danny" Walton (1947-2017), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1968 to 1980
  • Alan G. Walton OBE (1936-2015), British scientist, Chairman of Oxford Bioscience Corporation and was instrumental in the development and funding of the Human Genome Project
  • John Walton (1953-2014), Australian actor of television and film, best known for his role as Doctor Craig Rothwell in the television soap opera The Young Doctors during 1976 and 1977
  • . (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Walton family +

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Josiah T Walton (b. 1905), English Chief Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Teesdale, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. John Walton (b. 1918), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Bilston, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Clifford Walton (b. 1906), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Clayton, Manchester, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. John Edward Walton, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. James Kenneth Walton, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Clarence W Walton, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Henry Walton (1920-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk he died in the sinking [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Alva Dowding Walton, American Yeoman Third Class from Utah, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]

Related Stories +

The Walton Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Murus aeneus virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is a wall of brass.


Final Years

An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Walton portrayed a humble image right up until his death. His vehicle of choice was a red 1985 Ford pickup. With his wife Helen, whom he married in 1943, he lived in the same house in Bentonville, Arkansas, since 1959. The couple had four children: S. Robson, John, James and Alice.

In 1985 Forbes magazine named Walton the wealthiest man in the United States, a declaration that seemed to irritate the businessman more than anything else. 𠇊ll that hullabaloo about somebody’s net worth is just stupid, and it’s made my life a lot more complex and difficult,” he said.

Over the last several years of his life, Walton suffered from two types of cancer: hairy-cell leukemia and bone marrow cancer. He died of the latter on April 5, 1992, at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Walton, George - History

Like signers Button Gwinnett and Lyman Hall a nonnative of Georgia, George Walton fought hard to win independence for his adopted State and his Nation—both in the political arena and on the battlefield. He was wounded in the British siege of Savannah late in 1778 and endured captivity for almost a year. He evinced the same kind of tenacity in all his other endeavors and conquered a string of adversities in his ascent from humble origins to the highest National and State offices.

Born sometime in the 1740's near Farmville, Va., Walton was orphaned early and reared by an uncle, who apprenticed him to a carpenter. Walton supplemented extensive independent study with some formal schooling. In 1769 he moved to Savannah, Ga., read law under a local attorney, and 5 years later joined the bar.

That same year, Walton plunged into politics. Rallying Revolutionaries at Savannah as did Lyman Hall in St. John's Parish—the two Whig hotbeds in a lukewarm colony—Walton helped organize and played a key part in meetings at Savannah in July and August 1774 and the first provincial congress the next January. But these meetings, to which only a few parishes sent representatives, hardly set the dissent in motion. The divided delegates, aware of their limited constituency, failed to send Delegates to the Continental Congress, as had all the other Colonies, and thus alienated St. John's Parish. Except for creation of a committee of correspondence, to which Walton was appointed, the conferees for the most part substituted patriotic talk for action. During this period, Walton, blending political activism with romance, took a bride. She later gave birth to two sons.

By July 1775, when the second provincial congress convened and designated Walton as secretary, apathy in the Revolutionary ranks had given way to aggressiveness. The congress dispatched four Delegates to the Continental Congress to join Hall, already an unofficial "delegate" from St. John's Parish. The next year, the third provincial congress elected Walton, by this time chairman of the council of safety, as a Delegate (1776-81). In this capacity, he sat on committees dealing with western lands, national finance, and Indian affairs. His only lapse in attendance occurred in 1778-79, when the military defense of his own State took precedence over his congressional obligations. As a colonel in the Georgia militia, he was wounded and captured during the siege of Savannah in November-December 1778—the beginning of the British invasion of the South. He was imprisoned until the following September, when he was exchanged for a navy captain.

Right after his release, at Augusta Walton became involved in a factional dispute between two groups of Revolutionaries. Walton's group, irritated because their conservative opponents had taken advantage of the confusion generated by the British occupation of Savannah by putting their own "governor" into office without benefit of a general election, countered by selecting Walton as its "governor" (November 1779-January 1780). In January the new legally elected legislature picked a Governor, another anti-conservative. Walton returned to the Continental Congress in 1780-81, after which he headed back to Georgia.

Walton's subsequent career suffered no diminution. His offices included those of chief justice (1783-89) and justice (1790-95 and 1799-1804) of the State Superior Court delegate to the State constitutional convention (1788) presidential elector (1789) Governor (1789-90) and U.S. Senator (1795-96), filling out an unexpired term. Meantime, he had been elected as a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention (1787), but did not attend. An advocate of higher education, he was also a trustee and founder of Richmond Academy, in Augusta, and Franklin College (later the University of Georgia), in Athens.

About 1790 while Governor, changing his residence from Savannah to the capital of Augusta, Walton built "Meadow Garden" cottage on the northern edge of the city on confiscated Loyalist lands he had acquired. He lived in the cottage for 5 years, when he moved to College Hill, a country estate he erected on the western outskirts. He died there in 1804. Assigned first to the Rosney Cemetery in Augusta, his remains now rest at the Signers' Monument in that city.

Drawing: Oil, 1874, by Samuel B. Waugh, after Charles Willson Peale, Independence National Historical Park.


George Walton

George Walton was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, in 1741. His parents died soon after, and he was adopted by an Uncle who apprenticed him as a carpenter. Little else is know about his early years. He appeared again in 1769 when he moved to Savannah and began to study Law. He was admitted to the Bar in 1774. Deeply involved with the patriot movement in Georgia, he would ultimately serve an important role in the development of the state.

At the formation of the Georgia provincial Congress, Walton was elected Secretary, and made President of the Council of Safety. In 1776 he was elected to the Continental Congress, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. He spent many of the following years engaged in the defense of his state, and in a messy political battle with Button Gwinnett, another signer from Georgia. In 1778 Walton was commissioned a Colonel of the First Regiment of the Georgia Militia. He was injured in Battle and taken prisoner. He gained his freedom in 1779 through a prisoner exchange and was soon after elected Governor of Georgia, an office he held for only two months. Political conflict colored all of Walton's career. He was allied with General Lachlan McIntosh in a fierce struggle against Gwinnett for political dominance of the state. Walton was dispatched from office on several occasions, indicted for alleged criminal activities on others, in an interminable battle between two factions of the patriot movement in Georgia.

He was returned to congress in 1780 and stayed through 1781. He remained in Philadelphia until 1783. That year he was censured by the legislature for his involvement in a duel which led to the death Gwinnett by the hand of his rival, commissioned to treat with the Cherokee nation in Tennessee, and appointed Chief Justice of his state. In 1789 he served in the college of Electors and again elected Governor. The government was reorganized under an new constitution in November of that year, at which time Walton stepped down. He was immediately appointed a superior court judge. In 1795 he was sent to fill an unfulfilled term in the US Senate. He was not reelected. He then retired to farming. He died in Augusta in 1804 at the age of 64.


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Star Wars

The success of American Graffiti enabled Lucas to finance a project that had been dear to his heart for some time. Science fiction had traditionally been a poor box-office performer, with such rare exceptions as Planet of the Apes (1968) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) only proving the rule. However, with Star Wars (1977), which he also wrote, Lucas eschewed the high-tech dystopian allegory then current in science-fiction films in favour of space opera synthesized with vintage Hollywood swashbucklers and frontier adventures. A space opera set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” the film centres on Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill), a young man who finds himself embroiled in an interplanetary war between an authoritarian empire and rebel forces. Skywalker, his mentor the wise Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness), and the opportunistic smuggler Han Solo (Ford) are tasked with saving Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from captivity on the Death Star, a massive space station commanded by the menacing Darth Vader, whose deep, mechanically augmented voice (contributed by James Earl Jones) became instantly iconic. At the core of the film and the series it initiated are the Jedi Knights—a group of either benevolent or malevolent warriors who harness and manipulate the Force, an all-pervasive spiritual essence that holds in balance the forces of good and evil—and Skywalker’s quest to join their ranks.

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The History of Beerwah by George Walton

What do you like about Beerwah, or its adjoining centres for that matter, but this article is about Beerwah, and particularly what it was like in 1937 when I first knew it. The writer has been asked by Roland and Lydia Munyard to contribute this article for his website named Beerwah. Although I do not now know many of you personally, you will know me because the new bridge over Coochin Creek adjacent to Peachester Road has been named in remembrance of our family, of whom there are still some residents in the area.

The “History of Beerwah” or “What do you like about Beerwah” by George Walton.

Roland and Lydia are people of considerable experience, being from South Africa, then living in the London area of England for a number of years, finally coming to Australia, and, after living here for a little while, buying the house and property that was ours. After all the experiences they have had they are delighted with everything about Beerwah, including the house, its location, the people and everything they can say nice about the town. It is certainly a great satisfaction to me to know that they are so happy with living at Beerwah, and for the valuable friendship that has evolved out of it. Probably Roland hasn`t said it anywhere else on this website, but he services and programmes 260 computers for the Glasshouse Christian College, as well as being a certified high school lecturer. To complete this part of the story Roland and Lydia have four lovely children ranging in age from two and a bit to thirteen. I think that one was born in South Africa, two in England, and one in Australia. Who can beat that.

When our house was being built in 1947 I can remember the builders labourer saying” that is the third car that has passed today it is” London all at once”. I do not know how many vehicles pass along that road in a 24 hour day now, but I guess it would be nearer to three thousand than just three. Going back to 1937 the district was changing from a timber getting centre to a farming centre, the farming being mainly pineapples. The Fruitgrowers Association, I think that it was called Coochin Creek Fruitgrowers Association was formed about the year before. The railway had a not very large shed around where their establishment is now, with the staff being one person. They did not sell anything, just arranging for the ordering and loading of the railway wagons to markets, or to canneries not Northgate, it had not been thought of at this stage.

One good measure of the growth of the district would be the schools and learning institutions. In my early days there were about 40 pupils at the Beerwah State School. My sister Mary has told me that the school got down to nine pupils during World War two. Some time after the war it returned to around the forty pupils where it remained for a considerable number of years. In this period there was one teacher named Mr.Fred Hodgens. His wife Grace helped with the teaching, but was unpaid. How times have now changed with two primary schools and two high schools, this including the Christian college.

While it was before my time current residents may be interested in the start of education in the Beerwah district. The State primary school . is some distance from Beerwah this is because the first settlement was at Coochin Creek where John Simpson built the first hotel and other facilities required by travellers going by Cobb and Co. coaches to the Gympie goldfields. There came a time in the 1880s when there were enough pupils to warrant a school. In those days the residents had to provide the land and building, when the education department would provide a teacher and teaching materials. John Simpson gave twenty-three acres of land which is still the school property. The residents built the building with pit-sawen timber and shingle roof. This building served until around 1914 when the education department built a new school building.

The old building was sold to the Methodist church for six pounds,[ $12], who pulled it down and rebuilt it only a couple of hundred metres from its original site, the education department allowing them the use of the land at a peppercorn rental. This was as far as I can remember the only church building when I first went to the district, it being used on alternate Sundays by the Methodists and the Baptists, both providing the upkeep. The next church established was Church of England, this being in the new village of Beerwah. Neither of these churches exist today in their original form or place. It is interesting that when the Methodists and Baptists built new churches around 1957, the old church in the school grounds was sold to the Church of England, who shifted it to Landsborough, rebuilding it in an improved form . They used this church for many years until their present arrangement, when it was sold or acquired by a tourist resort in the Maleny area. They have suitably rebuilt it for letting for special occasions such as weddings and family social get togethers. What a story about the old building originally built with the crude methods of the pioneers

We have mentioned the pineapple industry which became highly mechanised in my time including the building of the first successful boom harvester designed and had built by me. Other industries of note includes a period of tobacco growing, quite extensively in the Beerwah-Glasshouse area. Other tropical fruits such as bananas and papaws, and tree crops such s macadamias, avocadoes, citrus, and latterly peaches and nectarines There is also huge poultry industries in the district. Most people probably think as I do that in a short period of years Beerwah will have reached city status with much agriculture and horticulture having to move to other areas.

The railway went through. About 1890 with the railway station named Beerwah, no doubt after the Glasshouse peak of that name, which is stated in the aboriginal language to mean something like,”reaching to the sky”. This was to have a major effect on the area. A new hotel was built on what later was known as Wimberleys Corner, that is the northern corner of the junction of Simpson Street and Peachester Road. This was built by John Simpson, who also built a sawmill where Mill Park now is. This sawmill was in operation for many years after I came to the district, it being sold at one time to a Brisbane company named Brown and Broad. It is now many years since this has disappeared, probably because the good timber in the district had been cut out. Although another sawmill was established in the 1950s alongside the Peachester Road across this road from where the new retirement village is now situated. This mill operated until fairly recent times. The hotel mentioned in this paragraph eventually burnt down, with a new hotel being built in its present location. The first decent grocery store for Beerwah was built where the hotel was burnt down, this being taken over by the Wimberley family not long after world war two. The present hotel was built when the then new Bruce Highway,”now the Steve Irwin Way” was constructed.

The only other business on that Eastern side of the railway was a garage or service station, but I do not think that was built until after the war, the proprietor being Reg. Perrin. There were a couple of houses on the southern side of the hotel, and the big house known as Mawhinneys, this latter still being there with some businesses in its base. Coming back to the western side of the railway line we have already talked about the grocery store. On the opposite corner was the butchers shop, this building still being there, now used for other purposes. These were the days when butcher shops had a layer of sawdust on the floor. How often the sawdust was changed is not known, but hygiene was not a high priority. The proprietor was George Pitt with meat coming in from the slaughter yard a couple of times a week.. I can remember them carrying the shoulders of meat or whatever with dogs nibbling at it as they went along. There was no cold rooms or refrigeration, so fresh meat could only be bought one or two days a week. The rest of the time only salted meat could be bought.

Fairly close to the butchers shop was the bakery where they actually baked the loaves on site with the bread being quite satisfactory. I am not sure of the original name, but I think that it was O`Halloran. Further up the street was a newsagency which also sold an assortment of goods. This shop had a number of owners, probably the best remembered one being Bryce. All we have left is the post office and this was in the front of a house located about where the I.G.A. is now. It was operated by a man named Barnes who had a wooden leg, a legacy of world war one

There are sixty years between these two photographs. Unfortunately Dot only survived A little over two more years

What about houses on this side my memory is not too good here, but I do not think there were more than half a dozen with a couple of small houses being built by John Simpson for employees of the sawmill, about four others scattered about. A remarkable thing about present day Beerwah is that much of the business including the Woolworth complex, the Turner Plaza and the library and community hall are all built on what was swamp. In the wet season these areas would all fill up with water which would remain for much of the year. The Peachester Road which went through the centre of this was only a mixture of gravel and mud becoming impassable on a few occasions. There was always a track approximately where Nichols Avenue is now, and it was usually possible to get to Beerwah along this track when the Peachester Road was impassable.

And what about the old Coochin Creek establishment that we talked about at the beginning of this story. They tried using the hotel as a guest house for a time, but this didn`t work with the buildings laying idle for some years. Eventually an area of land including the buildings was bought by a farmer named Sid. Gould He had the buildings pulled down using what material he could for workmens houses and farm sheds. I believe these houses still exist, no doubt with some alterations along the way

The Hallelujah Hut. There would be few people now remember this icon, which was built by John Simpson on the opposite side of the road to the hotel. It was a well constructed building with a wooden floor, being built to store horse feed. When the horres went the building had little or no use until a group of young people at the church got the idea of using it for social and party activities. I have no idea who gave it the name but it was well known at the time. I was not there on a lot of occasions but I remember Guy Fawkes night on one occasion, We seem to have forgotten Guy Fawkes, but it used to be a great occasion when I was young, 5th. November I believe. A heap of rubbish would be piled up, dragging it out of the bush for hundreds of metres around. When built Guy Fawkes would be put on the top and the lot set alight. Fireworks could be bought by anyone at the local store in those days as could gelignite. So, pennies and shillings would be saved for weeks to buy crackers and bungers. At mid-night one character, un-named would put a stick of dynamite in a 44 gallon drum and let it off. The noise could probably be heard for a couple of kilometres. Unfortunately in this respect, the property changed hands around 1939, the Hallelujah hut being pulled down for materials towards building a house

I am sure that I have written more than enough. Here is another incident. It was the practice to cover the pineapples with wood wool or paper bags to protect the fruit from sunburn in the summer. Other means are now used. When I was about twenty years of age, brother Ernest and I had some bales of wood wool undone, and was stuffing it into chaff bags to take to the field. I noticed a big lizard looking thing in a bundle that I put in the bag. Tipped it out again, didn`t like the look of it and killed it. There was a fruitgrowers meeting on that night. We took this big lizard in to be told it was a death adder, my only experience with one of those..

I suppose most districts have their bizarre stories. At Redridge, the first property we had at Beerwah, there were three large mango trees. This is where the death adder was, but also legend has it that a fellow under the influence of the D.Ts hanged himself from one of these trees. Nobody else will do so because the trees are not there any more. Across the road there was a fellow we called the professor, which he probably was. His family had grown up and apparently he didn`t get on so well with them. So he had a den built for himself close to Old Gympie Rd. After he passed on the building was unattended with vines and rubbish growing over it. One day somebody decided to have a look in it to find a skeleton there.

I have mentioned the hotel on the corner of Simpson St. and Peachester Rd. I later knew this Baptist pastor who stayed there a night in 1916. The cost, two shillings for the room and one shilling for breakfast, thirty cents in all. The good old days they say I do not think so..

Comments

Loved reading this! My parents were friends of George & Dot Walton and my siblings and I called them Uncle George & Aunty Dot. We enjoyed times in their pool and Church garden parties held in their beautiful gardens. When I got married at Beerwah Baptist Church in 1981, I got ready at the Walton house. Pre ceremony photos and after wedding photos were taken there also. I remember Uncle George polishing his car for taking me and my dad to the Church.
My dad would travel from Peachester to Beerwah (to bank takings from our small shop) at the ANZ bank. I would go with him and buy material or sewing requirements at Wimberley’s store. Dad would collect items from the Beerwah train station or buy hardware items from Wimberleys’.
Uncle George owned a Holden business in Beerwah. We thought he must have been well off, with his Business and beautiful home and property.
Such great memories in the 1960s – 1980s.
Sharyn Kajewski (Ferguson)

Thank you for sharing this interesting article, re some history of the Beerwah area.
My parents, George & Gwen Bury, farmed there on the early 1940’s, growing pineapples, tobacco & raising poultry. They lived in Burys Road. A lot of the area was virgin scrub when they moved there. During the WW 2, Italian Prisoners of War were stationed with them, to work on the farm. I have photos of 2 of the men who stayed with them the longest & a letter written to my parents when they were relocated to Gaythorne after the war. Treasured FAMILY mementos from that era.
The farm was subdivided & eventually sold in the 1950’s. My Dad passed away in 2010 & my brother, our Mum & I went back to the site of the family farm & Mum was touched to see the farm homestead still standing (it was their first home) & the farm still operational, although farming strawberries when we went there to revisit it. The original farm is to the right of the junction of Roys Road & Burys Road. I believe a family named “Barry” owned/ own the farm now.
I recently came across some notes written by my Dad re his early years there on the farm. I am very interested in history & his memories outlined a very different era & gentler times.
I look forward to spending more time on this page.
Rosemary Wat, nee Bury

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