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Peachester State School
to open Weather Station
by Cameron Outridge

The Peachester History Committee and Peachester State School have been working together to fund and equip a weather station based at the school, in memory of the district's most famous resident, long-range forecaster, Inigo Jones.

A free community breakfast from 6am has been organised thanks to Beerwah Meats, Peachester Fruit Market and Home Style Bakery. Grant Denyer the weather man from Channel 7's "Sunrise" will be broadcasting live from the hall grounds along with Mix FM's Road Runner.

Enjoy bush poetry, be entertained by the Hinterland Live Music Club, watch shingle making plus meteorology displays and more.   Inigo Jones was a house-hold name throughout Australia in the 1940's and 1950's and this year marks the half-century since his death in 1954.

In his youth Inigo Jones worked for several years at the Queensland Weather Office in Brisbane training under the Government Meteorologist, Clement Wragge.   In 1892 when he was 20 years old he moved with his parents to a selection near what is now the township of Peachester The family called the area Crohamhurst.

Inigo and his father were among the early pioneer farmers of the Peachester district.   At the same time he was recording regular weather observations using the instruments he had brought with him from Brisbane and during the major flood of 1893 he measured the record rainfall for Australia of 35.714 inches in one day.   This record has never been broken.

Today's weather monitoring devices are much more high-tech than those used by Mr Jones however all involved believed that the computerized weather station would have appealed to this man who had the vision and dedication to devote most of his life to the study of meteorology in an attempt to develop an effective method of long-range forecasting.   Members of the Peachester History Committee have taken a special interest in Inigo Jones and his activities which they see as an important part of the district's heritage.

In 2002 the committee initiated the weather station project with Peachester State School aiming to provide an opportunity for the students to learn useful skills and provide a valuable source of information for the local and wider community while at the same time keeping alive the memory of Peachester's first weather man.   The official opening will take place from 7.30am to 8am by Paul Meikle, Grandson (Assistant) of Inigo Jones.

So start your day a little differently.   Come along and enjoy a cooked breakfast from 6am while reflecting on the past and witness history in the making.

Inigo Jones ... a life devoted to the study of meteorology.

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