LOOKING BACK: The Smoothys were at the Kenilworth Hotel for almost 10 years. They left Kaimkillenbun to move to Dalby in the late 1930s.
LOOKING BACK: The Smoothys were at the Kenilworth Hotel for almost 10 years. They left Kaimkillenbun to move to Dalby in the late 1930s. Contributed

Smoothy, a lady to admire

FOR the unlucky motorist bogged on the blacksoil road, it was a sight to behold.

The "Mystery” Overland car came churning down the road to pull up beside the stranded vehicle. It was the 1930s and not too many roads were gravel, let alone sealed with bitumen.

To the amazement of everyone, a woman stepped out of the Overland.

In her hands were a set of chains, which when attached to the rear wheels could help the bogged car to get moving again.

The benefactor was Anna Smoothy, a remarkable woman who surprised many with what she could do. Anna and her husband Harry were running the Kenilworth Hotel at Kaimkillenbun. They had come there in 1926 and remained for 10 years.

Many times she decorated the local hall for functions and catered for weddings. She and her husband loved to dance.

They had their daughter Lorna with them. In wet times the rail ambulance transported sick people to Dalby hospital.

Pregnant women waited at the hotel for the ambulance to arrive. Sometimes their babies arrived first and the Smoothys found themselves acting as midwives.

Anna was much in demand in cases of sickness and emergencies and no request was ever turned down. She had a close association with the Anglican church.

Part of her recreation was to go driving and she made many trips to the Bunya Mountains.

Then, the road to the top was steep and narrow and few women drivers would make the climb. It was no problem for Anna and it has been said she even drove the first caterpillar tractors taken to the mountains.

In 1936, Harry and Anna left the Kenilworth Hotel at Kaimkillenbun and took over the Golden Fleece Hotel in Dalby.

Harry passed away in 1955, but Anna carried on there for another 10 years. She became an active member of the Dalby Croquet Club and won championships in both Dalby and Brisbane.

She also played outdoor bowls and in her final years continued to play indoor bowls until she was 83.

Even in old age she loved to help people and sold tickets to help local appeals.

She was a woman who helped people in their troubles. She passed away in April 1981, at the age of 85.

She left behind one daughter Lorna and one granddaughter Sally.


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