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Fan wants to honour Gladys Moncrieff

MUSIC LOVER: Bargara resident Leonie Egan wants to set up a Gladys Moncrieff Centre.
MUSIC LOVER: Bargara resident Leonie Egan wants to set up a Gladys Moncrieff Centre. Max Fleet BUNLEO

AN AVID Gladys Moncrieff fan is working towards a centre in Bundaberg devoted to the singer.

Leonie Egan, who said she used to perform Moncrieff songs in stage shows, moved to Bargara about two years ago.

"About eight weeks ago I started to look around for Gladys Moncrieff stuff," she said.

"All I could find was bit here and there."

Mrs Egan recently bought a scrapbook on eBay devoted to 30 years of Moncrieff's career.

"It arrived this week and it's invaluable," she said.

Mrs Egan also plans to rewrite Moncrieff's autobiography to expand it.

"She had her highs and lows," she said.

Mrs Egan already has a Gladys Moncrieff Society, but she plans to register that as a foundation.

"We need to set up and get it registered," she said.

"Then we can start applying for grants and donations."

Mr Egan is hoping to set up a Gladys Moncrieff Centre in tribute to the singer.

"People should be able to walk into the centre and see her photos and hear her voice," she said.

"They should be able to buy her book with a CD in the back."

Mrs Egan is planning a trip to Sydney soon to look at the stage costume Moncrieff wore during her last tour of New Zealand.

She has also been contacted by someone who has a complete sheet of the Gladys Moncrieff stamps issued in 1989.

"I'm bringing our Glad back to Bundaberg," she said.

Mrs Egan would also like to see an eisteddfod held in Bundaberg under Moncrieff's name to encourage young performers.

She has asked anybody with Gladys Moncrieff memorabilia to get in touch by writing to her at PO Box 6064, East Bundaberg.

Gladys Moncrieff was born in Bundaberg in 1892 and died on the Gold Coast in 1976.



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