The footprints (circled) from 1950 set in stone that Cecil Jones revealed to his daughter recently.
The footprints (circled) from 1950 set in stone that Cecil Jones revealed to his daughter recently. Bundaberg News Mail.

Stepping back in time

HAVING found where he thought was the right spot on his Yurunga property, Cecil Jensen pushed aside debris with his walking stick and uncovered the touching treasure he had brought his daughters to see.

“He looked around, did some mind calculating and said 'they should be somewhere about here',” daughter Anne Burrows said.

“He pushed small pieces aside with his walking stick, as we (Mrs Burrows and her sister Peggy) helped to move the rubbish off the top.

“We used the branch off a nearby tree as a broom, and there they were - 60 years in the sun, wind and rain and still quite clear under layers of Yurunga red dirt.”

The tiny footprints had been imprinted when the girls were only young.

Although the family had since spoken of them, it was only last month that the almost 90-year-old father made the trek to see if the footprints had survived the test of time.

“The bales have been burnt down, the dip filled in and the cement floor bulldozed into a pile of rubble with old fence posts and gates piled on top,” Mrs Burrows said of the matured patch where they were found.

“I can't describe the feeling as we reminisced and told stories of our early years on the farm.”

Appropriately, the event that prompted their voyage of discovery was a recent trip to Cushnie in the South Burnett for a family reunion.

Mrs Burrows said it was amazing the footprints had survived on the Yurunga property, particularly since it had been sold four times.

“We plan to bring our little piece of history home to Bundaberg and put it in my garden, where Peg's and my children and grandchildren can see them, and we can tell them stories, as our parents did for us,” Mrs Burrows said.

“I guess it's only as we get older that these little things seem to mean more to us.”



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