Lighthouse life full of adventure
MARYBOROUGH’S Alice Bertram has led a fascinating life – and today she will celebrate her 90th birthday with her family.
Ms Bertram was one of seven children and remembers her childhood fondly. She grew up in the lighthouse at Inskip Point, Rainbow Beach. Her daughter Jacinta said it was a very unusual childhood for her mother and one she has never forgotten.
Because the family lived so far away from the rest of the community supplies would be delivered to them in bulk and perishables would always be given top priority.
Alice’s mother would have a big cook-up with the perishable items and Jacinta said it was then that her mother learned her passion for cooking.
Her range of recipes would make her a legend in Maryborough.
Several of her recipes were printed in the Wise Buys booklet produced by the Fraser Coast Chronicle in the 1990s and Jacinta says people still stop her in the street to tell her they are using her mother’s recipes and using her handy hints.
Alice was schooled by correspondence during her childhood, with the help of her mother.
She married Philip Bertram in 1940 and the two enjoyed many happy years together before Philip’s death in 1991.
They had three children – David, Michael and Jacinta. Alice also has seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who she takes great joy in spoiling, Jacinta says.
Alice and Philip were also involved in the local athletics club when the club started at Tinana.
Alice would bake and sell cakes for the club. She was also known for her poetry and won prizes at the Maryborough Show for her bark paintings.
When she was younger she also took great pride in her garden and would often receive compliments from her neighbours on her beautiful flowers.
The family will enjoy catching up with Alice today and plans to take her out for dinner on Saturday night.
“It will be nice – just a quiet celebration with the family,” Jacinta said.