Graham Temperley releases a pigeon after the memorial service for his mother, Iris Temperley, who was murdered on Australia Day.
Graham Temperley releases a pigeon after the memorial service for his mother, Iris Temperley, who was murdered on Australia Day. Allan Reinikka

Farewell for Iris Temperley

IRIS Temperley was a “proper lady”, with traditional values and a warm, loving nature.

But on Australia Day the unthinkable happened. The 82-year-old received fatal injuries when she was attacked by a stranger in her own yard.

Now the day that is annually meant for celebration will never be the same for her family.

Yesterday hundreds of mourners gathered together to pay tribute to Mrs Temperley and the life she led, at a memorial service at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. It was in the same church in which she said “I do” to her late husband Gordon 61 years ago, and where she watched many of her grandchildren marry.

Mrs Temperley died last Wednesday, after eight days of fighting horrific injuries in a Brisbane hospital.

Mrs Temperley, nee Donovan, was born on March 2, 1927, at Springsure and the famous Virgin Rock near the country town became a special place she liked to visit during her childhood.

She also spent time living in Rolleston with her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Mr and Mrs Temperley, who moved to manage a cattle station north of Duaringa, later raised five children: Graham, Allan, Kevin, Jo-Anne and Kerri-Anne.

When she was pregnant with her first child she was struck by lightning and lucky to survive.

In 1959 they moved their family to Rockhampton, where they bought a home in George Street.

It was a home that brought the family many fond memories, until two weeks ago.

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