Jul 15, 2019

Cloncurry celebrates inventive credentials

Cloncurry celebrates inventive credentials Stepdaughters of Alfred Traeger, Suzanne Schmidt (front left) and Glenda Shepherd (back left), with Gertrude Rothery’s Grandson Barry Rothery and wife Ros.

In June 90 years ago the first wireless transmission was made
to the Cloncurry Flying Doctor base by Gertrude Rothery from Augustus Downs in the gulf.

It came after Reverend John Flynn approached Alfred Traeger to invent a cheap and efficient method of communication between outback stations and a central medical base. After some experimenting, Traeger overcame the problems of battery sizes and costs by using pedal power.

Alfred Traeger invented the pedal radio.

The ‘Friends of John Flynn Place’ are an active committee in Cloncurry who work to preserve the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

About 50 Friends of John Flynn Place recently joined an anniversary celebration, along with two of Alfred Traeger’s stepdaughters from South Australia and Mrs Rothery’s grandson from Rockhampton.

Mayor Greg Campbell, who attended the function, said Cloncurry’s rich history of inventions, significant events and influential people was second to none.

“We see a strong case for tourism becoming a major industry in our Shire,” he said.

“I encourage the Federal Government to support our proposed redevelopment of John Flynn Place which will attract both domestic and international travellers.”

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