Cracking family: Donald, Brian,Glen Barb and Janet Dalton were famous Maryborough whip crackers. Photo Contributed
Cracking family: Donald, Brian,Glen Barb and Janet Dalton were famous Maryborough whip crackers. Photo Contributed Contributed

OBITUARY: Farewell to a woman who loved and grew Maryborough

ONE of Maryborough's proudest residents has passed away.

Barbara Emma Jean Dalton was born in Gympie in 1937.

Her parents moved to Maryborough not long after and it was here she did her schooling.

In her teens Barb met and fell in love with Glen Dalton.

This was the first sign of the spirit within her.

Her parents weren't as impressed with Glen as she was, but Barb and Glen married in 1956.

Barb and Glen bought a property, 'Antiqua' in Mungar.

They lived there for 14 years.

Her first four children were born during this time.

The first three were all girls, Sharon, Carmel and Janet.

Followed was John, who sadly passed away in Barb's arms whilst trying to get him to the hospital in Maryborough.

He was seven years old.

Barb never truly got over John's death.

After selling 'Antiqua', Barb and John moved to Maryborough, buying a home in James St.

She went on to have two more sons, Donald and Brian.

Whilst raising her family, she and Glen became very involved with the community and in particular, the schools her children attended.

The hall at West State School is a constant reminder of their involvement as is the hall and agricultural block at Aldridge High School.

In 1988 Barb and Glen joined the steering committee of the Maryborough Heritage Markets, which is still going strong to this very day.

Few would know of the behind the scenes involvement.

Meeting every Monday and out at dawn every Thursday erecting shade shelters for stall holders before they arrived.

Barb and Glen also collected the fees of all stalls on a Thursday.

Her skills as a whip woman were soon recognised.

Most Thursdays at the markets she, Glen and the family would enthral market patrons with their whip cracking show.

Soon it was a crowd favourite.

The audience often six deep, watching as a leaf was cut from a person's fingers or Barb having a piece of paper taken from her mouth by Glen or her son's whip skills.

Adding to this remarkable lady's abilities was her skills with a pistol or rifle.

She was recognised in the Sporting Shooters Association.

As is the way with most country women, Barb contributed so much while not asking for, nor getting any recognition.

If you look around her beloved Maryborough there are constant reminders of this lady's contributions to the heritage city.

She lived peacefully and quietly.

She died peacefully and quietly, on August 2 this year.

He has been reunited with her husband Glen who passed away in 2003.
 



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