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Matthew Flinders Day Celebrations
at Beerburrum State School

by Elise Martin

TThe annual Flinders Tour ran last Saturday, July 24, in conjunction with Beerburrum State School’s Matthew Flinders Day. Beerburrum State School held Matthew Flinders Day in honour of the first European to ascend a Glasshouse Mountain on July 26, 1799.

The Flinders Tour was the second Brisbane Road Runners’ trail race in the Glasshouse Mountains this year. The tour consisted of three races through the Glasshouse Mountains including 8km, 24km and 50km tracks. Nineteen people started the 50km race, racing up Mount Beerburrum before completing two 24km loops.

Greg Barton of Brisbane won the race in four hours and two minutes.  David Waugh took second place, and was followed by Adrian Pearce of Brisbane. David’s wife Rachel Waugh was the first woman to finish the 50km race. Caloundra’s Steve Page won the 24km in one hour 31 minutes.  Leanne Southwell of Alexandra Headlands was the first woman to finish in 1 hour 53 minutes.

Caboolture’s Ian Mckee won the 8km race in 31 minutes and the first woman to finish was a visitor from New Zealand, Julia Grant.  The celebrations included a barbecue after the completion of the races.  Medals were awarded to all placegetters. Division 2 Councillor Anna Grosskreutz attended the handing over of the Matthew Flinders Map to school captains Jessica Thompson and Paul Maguire.

“It was a pleasure to attend such an auspicious occasion as the handing over Of the Matthew Flinders map last Saturday at our Beerburrum State School,” she said.  “The map had been presented to them by William Fairbanks who gave a very interesting talk on the historical significance of both the map and the celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the naming of Australia.”

“Many thanks to Principal Jenny Easey and P&C President Michael Keagan plus the school community for making this day such an eventful one and making all your special guests feel so very welcome,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

For further information and entry forms for the Glasshouse Adventure Series held in September visit

Rachel Waugh, David Waugh and their
mother/ motherin-law showing their medals.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.