Bruce Muller with his great-great-grandfather Richard Kendall’s Queenslander Cup that he won in 1878.
Bruce Muller with his great-great-grandfather Richard Kendall’s Queenslander Cup that he won in 1878. Scottie Simmonds

Special cup returned to its place

A CUP presented to an early Bundaberg settler for the quality of his produce is now back on display at Bundaberg Regional Council after going missing for several years.

Townsville man Bruce Muller said his great-great-grandparents, Richard and Salome Kendall, arrived at Maryborough in 1862 on the immigrant ship Ariadne.

The couple, along with their son George, Mr Muller's great-grandfather, then travelled by covered wagon to Bundaberg.

"They settled on the hill overlooking what is now Kendalls Flat and built a general store," Mr Muller said.

Mr Kendall also built his first home and a hall.

He used to grow the produce for his store on what is now Kendalls Flat, and later became the first divisional chairman of Woongarra Shire.

In 1878, at Bundaberg's first show, he won what was known as the Queenslander Cup, presented by the newspaper The Queenslander, for the best display of produce.

Mr Muller said the cup was passed down through the family, and at one point was taken to Sydney by one of his grandmother's sisters.

His grandmother eventually wrote to her sister and asked that it be returned to Bundaberg because it was part of the city's history.

When it was returned it was donated on permanent loan to the former Bundaberg City Council for display.

Mr Muller said in 2008 the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers borrowed the cup to display during their 60th birthday celebrations, but then it went missing.

"Last year I asked a friend to call in and take a photo of the cup, but she said it wasn't there," he said.

Mr Muller called in the help of cousin Gilbert Forgan, and the cup was eventually found after a bit of detective work.

"The council asked us what we wanted done with it, and the family said it was still on permanent loan and needed to be on display so the people of Bundaberg could see it," he said.

Mr Muller said he was very proud of the contribution his family had made to the development of Bundaberg, which is reflected in the names Kendalls Flat and Kendalls Rd.



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