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2015 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Atlas Shrugged by Brett Dionysius (First Prize)

Beneath Sovereign Pocket by Gill Jewell (Second Prize)

No Storm Water Drains by Gill Jewell (Third Prize)

Wedge Tail by Mary McCarthy (Highly Commended)

Camp Columbia by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

Parrot, Parrot by Mary McCarthy (Highly Commended)

Ipswich on the Bremer by Maureen Clifford (Highly Commended)

They came from Cornwall, Wales and Ireland – settled near the Bremer,
and gave this town their old familiar names
from ‘back home’ where they came from, though the green hills that they loved
and climate here could hardly be the same.
Those soft and gentle mists they knew fell not upon our paddocks,
our yellow grasslands here were perhaps strange.
The heat of endless summers, the droughts and fires and floods
were thought by some to be a poor exchange.

But these were hardy folk who had come to mine the coal –
for in the eighteen hundreds coal was found.
The first mine was at Woodend, then one at Tivoli,
The Eclipse, the Perseverance, Waterstown.
The mined coal was transported on steam punts on Bremer’s waters,
with coal enough to feed their boiler’s fires.
At Basin Pocket punts would turn and head back to the port 
of Brisbane and the waiting, willing buyers.

In eighteen ninety three at Eclipse seven men were lost
when the Bremer broke her banks in fierce fast flood.
A roof collapsed and waters surged – the men there stood no chance.
All drowned, their bodies buried in brown mud.
And once again the people mourned, mining was a hard game
but there was wealth and riches for their toil.
They now had shops and churches, and a Welsh Cambrian choir
and workers cottages built on this soil.

Majestic homes were also built with turrets reaching skyward,
the town was booming – all here held hopes high.
Lewis Thomas built Brynhyfryd in eighteen ninety one.
six hundred thousand bricks handmade to dry.
Forty nine rooms his mansion held – named for a pleasant hill
in Wales – this bloke had worked since he was eight.
He sought to make his fortune in the gold fields over here
but black gold was where the wealth was in this state.

Another man called Thomas opened up a general store.
Cambrian Stores in memory of home.
His store at Blackstone stocked all different kinds of mining goods
that miners might require, from spade to comb.
A wide and shady awning graced the shop whose front verandah
was built a little higher than the street.
The two bowed shopfront windows proudly displayed all his wares,
the verandah offered shade where folks would meet.

And should you travel today on a journey through Ipswich
it’s not hard to recall still those earlier times.
For there are workers cottages upon our busy streets
and evidence remains of those old mines.
The suburbs bear the names the miners gave them years ago,
Brassall, Blackstone, Ebbw Vale, Dinmore, Swanbank.
We have a strong proud heritage, of blood and sweat and toil.
It’s those first intrepid miners we should thank.

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years