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28 April, 2022

Congratulations to Arch Chandler Who Is 99 Next Monday

Arch was born in Glen Innes on 2nd May 1923.


At the age of 5 his family of Mum, Dad and 6 children moved to Brookstead. It took 2 days as the roads were unsealed and top speed was 30 miles an hour. There he rode a horse about 5 and a half miles to school.

Following the sale of the property, Arch then went to Dalby State School for about 6 months before the family relocated to Pikedale, Stanthorpe on a sheep property of 3,300 acres. Living 22 miles out of Stanthorpe called for correspondence schooling. 

Arch arrived in Allora on his 12th Birthday where he attended the Upper Spring Creek School. 

On leaving school he helped clear and fence country to enable crops to be grown. It was hard work back then as machinery wasn’t as it is today. 

Arch married Daph Gillam on the 29th March 1948. This year celebrating 74 years. 

Arch was a partner in an ice run in Toowoomba and also worked at The Toowoomba Foundry. 

The love of the land saw them return to Allora to share-farm a dairy farm.

They then bought their own farm in Joel Park Road and established a sheep and grain farm where they lived until retirement.

Arch was highly involved in his church and Indoor Bowls, these days still very interested in watching Tennis and Footy. Last year Arch won the NRL Footy Tipping Competition at The Homestead.

Arch & Daph both reside at The Allora Homestead. 

Longevity — He’d probably say A Hard Days Work Hurt No One!!!


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