Samantha and Russell Watego were the first couple married at the Rotary Bush Chapel on October 23, 2009.
Samantha and Russell Watego were the first couple married at the Rotary Bush Chapel on October 23, 2009. Contributed

Warm gesture for first couple wed in bush chapel

A QUILT made especially for the first wedded at Queens Park's Rotary Bush Chapel has finally found its home.

The chapel built on the Lennox St side of Queens Park was Maryborough's Rotary Clubs gift to the people of the Fraser Coast to be used for weddings, parties or anything deemed appropriate.

The building was proposed in 2004 and officially opened on October 17, 2009.

RotaryAnn (Rotarian's wife) Debbie McCausland said that when the chapel was first thought about, the ladies of the Rotary Club of Maryborough City decided that it would be a nice gesture to make a quilt for the first couple to be married there.

"Our theme was hearts and flowers and applique squares were distributed and sewn then put together by Denise Hoffmann and myself so that the quilt was ready," Mrs McCausland said.

"The first couple to be married in it were Samantha and Russell Watego on October 23, 2009.

"After the wedding, Sam and Russell immediately left for Darwin and a phone number we were given could not contact them."

Mrs McCausland said they had lost touch with their movements until a chance phone call about four weeks ago to Rotarian Lex McAuley.

"Russell's mother had mentioned the quilt and wondered what had happened to it," she said.

"Sam and Russell now live in Mt Tom Price with their two-year-old son and were visiting their Maryborough relatives.

"The quilt was duly delivered to them the day before they left to go home."

Rotary Club of Maryborough City women came up with the idea to make a quilt of hearts and flowers for the first couple wedded at the chapel.
Rotary Club of Maryborough City women came up with the idea to make a quilt of hearts and flowers for the first couple wedded at the chapel.


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