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Lockyer Legends is a triumphant celebration of the local legends of the Lockyer Valley.

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council invited public nominations of people from the Lockyer Valley who had made long term contributions of state, national and international significance to the community within the last 150 years. The aim of the project was to unite and recognise the historical past and identify future leaders of our local community. The response was overwhelming. In addition to the original Lockyer Legends project, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council also honoured those who were shortlisted, recognising them as Lockyer Champions.

The Lockyer Legends souvenir book tells stories of the Lockyer Valley’s best and brightest and the contribution made by them to our community.

Below is a brief listing of each of the Lockyer Legends and the names of our Lockyer Champions. 

To view the complete information please visit the Lockyer Legends Wall at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre located at 34 Lake Apex Drive in Gatton QLD.

R.J.S. (Bob) Beeton

Born in N.S.W in 1946. Bob Beeton arrived at the Queensland Agricultural College in 1978 to be the only specialist academic for the new wilderness reserves and wildlife course. In 2009 Bob was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the environmental sciences and for his work as a researcher and educator through a range of professional and natural management organisations.

A.J. (Andy) Bichel
International cricketer

Born in Laidley 1970. In 1992 Andy accepted an offer to play cricket in the United Kingdom. He returned to Brisbane and played with the Queensland Bulls. A highlight of his career was playing in the Australia’s 2003 World Cup campaign. In 2002 Laidley Shire Council presented him with the keys to the town: the first such honour to be bestowed on any local citizen.


K. (Kerrilyn) Bichel-Hoger
International softball player

Born in Laidley in 1966. She was awarded both Junior and Senior Sportsperson of the Year during her high school years. In 1981 Kerrilyn represented the state in Under 16 in Perth and was selected in the Australian Junior Talent Squad, she moved through the ranks to the Queensland Open Women’s team, she went on to represent Queensland for 7 consecutive years. In 2002 she was inducted into the Queensland Softball Association Hall of Fame. 


R.A (Raymond) Dart

Born in Toowong 1893. He served in France and England during the First World War. Following the war he went to the University of London where he studied under Grafton Elliot Smith and Arthur Keith. In 1923 was appointed professor of anatomy at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was here that he went on to become a brilliant physical anthropologist and paleontologist. Raymond Dart died in November 1988 at the age of 95.


W.A.M. (Bill) Gunn
Farmer and Deputy Premier

Born in Laidley on 22 June 1920. In 1966 Bill was elected to local government in the Laidley Shire Council (Lockyer Valley Regional Council) eventually serving as mayor from 1970. Bill moved into State government in 1972 when he was elected to the seat of Somerset. Bill held several portfolios during his time including a time as Deputy Premier between 1983 and 1989. As Police Minister (1986-1989) he was instrumental in establishing the Fitzgerald Inquiry.


C.H. (Charlie) Jamieson
Politician and community servant

Born on 23 July 1888 in Bemboka. Charlie married Edith Wilson in 1912 and settled on their own property in the Lockyer Valley. In 1906 a butter factory was established with Charlie Jamieson as chairman. He also became chairman and director of the Queensland Cooperative Association a position held for some 30 years. For many years he served as a member of the Gatton Shire Council and became chairman, a position held until his retirement in 1946.


J. (Jim) McGarrigal
Outstanding athlete

Born in Ipswich on 6 April 1866. In addition to being a teacher and a farmer, he was a world renowned champion sprinter. Jim made his sprinting debut at 17 when he won a 100 yard event at the Ipswich Odd Fellows sports meeting. In addition to his sporting prowess, Jim developed an interest in farming and was a recognized authority on Lucerne growing. Jim died on 5 April 1934 after a sudden illness.


D.C (Derek) Pingel
Champion racing driver

Born in Toowoomba 15 January 1958. He became the Queensland Master Builders Association longest serving president. He also served as vice-president to the Australian Master Builders. He won Australian Gold Star driver championship races in 1987 and 1988. In addition to his many achievements on the racing track, he was also named Australian Quality Builder of the Year 4 years running. This achievement is unprecedented in the Australian building industry.


K.G. (Katherine) Raymont 
Talented Sportswoman

Born in Laidley in 1959. In 1990 Katherine became the first Queensland women’s cricketer in 34 years to represent Australia at test level and the first Queenslander to play a one-day international. In 1996 she was made a life member of the Queensland Women’s Cricket Association, and in 2000 was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for her contribution to women’s cricket.


 P.R. (Philip) Raymont 
Sportsman and academic

Born in Laidley in 1956. He had the opportunity to assist in the famous Chapel of King’s College and working with its world famous choir in Cambridge during their last two terms of 2008/2009. His example is a shining beacon for other pupils and students in the Lockyer Valley to realise that they too can succeed anywhere in the world, even if they went to a small school in Australia.


R.H.J. (Bob) Risson
Soldier and Civil Engineer

Born in Ma Ma Creek in 1901. Bob served in World War II and was recognised on two occasions for his outstanding service with the award of Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 1949 he was appointed chairman of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board. He played a role in Melbourne retaining their tram systems. Sir Robert Risson passed away on the 19 July 1992 after an outstanding transport and military career.


F. (Frank) Schultz
The Forest Hill Flyer

Born in Gatton on 22 December 190. Jim McGarrigal recognised his potential and started preparing him on a 130 yard grass track in Forest Hill. It was not long before Frank was winning all the important races in Queensland. 1925 saw Frank venturing south to Melbourne where he won the 1000 pound all-round championship in Melbourne. Schultz is recognized as one of only three athletes on record to have broken the 30 second barrier for 300 yards.

P.J (Paula) Sivyer
World renowned Radiologist

Born in Gatton on 25 August 1954. Paula undertook a Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and became a Fellow of the College in 1993. After qualifying as a radiologist Dr. Sivyer worked for Qld X-ray Services, developing, opening and running the first Women’s Diagnostic Centre at Sunnybank.   Dr. Sivyer has lectured extensively in respect of breast imaging and intervention, gynecologic imaging including sonohysterosalpingography and obstetric imaging.


R.A (Ricky) Thornberry
The Gatton Tiger

Born in Orange, NSW on 17 February 1968. In 1972 he moved with his family to Gatton. During his childhood and teen years Ricky played football for the Gatton Hawks. He did not make his boxing debut until December 14 1985 at the Gatton Shire Hall. His first national title came at the Australian Light-heavyweight Title in 1993. In a career that saw him fight in three world championships, winning one, Ricky’s final tally was 27 wins and five losses.


W.C. (Baron Huntingfield) Vanneck 
From Lake Clarendon to Yarralumla

Born on 3 January 1883. In 1906 he joined the Hussars in India. He moved from India to England in 1914 and spent the war years with a reserve regiment at Aldershot. In 1915 Vanneck succeeded his uncle as Baron Huntingfield and was elected to the House of Commons in 1923. He became the Governor of Victoria in December 1933 and served until March 1939. During that time he acted as Governor-General for six months in 1938. He then returned to England and was a colonel of the 58th Battalion Company of London Home Guard during WWII. Huntingfield died on 20th November 1969 at Hove, Sussex.


The Lockyer Champions are as follows:

 W.D. Armstrong, D.A Bichel, A.G. Brimblecombe, N.W. Briton, J.V. Cahill, S. Davson, W.F.M. Davson, M. Finbarr, A.A. FitzGerald, H. Freeman, C.W. Hooper, W.P. Kemp, R.W. Kleidon, E. McCormack, A. Muller, T.W. Nolan, J. O’Brien, M. O’Keefe, R.L. Pitt, P.J. Ryan, E.D. Stubbersfield and B.C. Sutton

Visitor Centre

Lockyer Valley Visitor Information 
Centre (Gatton)

Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre
34 Lake Apex Drive
Gatton 4343

Phone: +61 7 5466 3426

Opening Hours:
Daily 9am - 4pm


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