EARLY DAYS: Edward Henry 'Ted' Geisel (1880-1949) and his wife May (1882-1956).
EARLY DAYS: Edward Henry 'Ted' Geisel (1880-1949) and his wife May (1882-1956). Contributed

Ted Geisel: devoted to the Dalby community

EDWARD Henry (Ted) Geisel lived his whole life in Dalby and was devoted to serving the community as a businessman and public official.

Following in the footsteps of his father-in-law who was a former mayor, Ted was elected to the Dalby Town Council and held the position of an alderman for thirty years.

At the opening of the new Council chambers in 1932 by the Queensland Premier, he responded to a toast and gave an interesting outline of the history of Dalby and some of its early residents.

Ted was interested in many activities that were starting in Dalby. He was the first subscriber to the Dalby QATB when it was first formed he was also the first chairman of the Dalby Chamber of Commerce. Always a lover of bands he became the first president of the Dalby Town Band.

For twenty-five years he was chairman of the Dalby State School Committee. Having nine children his interest in their education was over a long period.

His wife May and family also became keen workers on many public organisations.

While still being involved with schooling, their family a new era entered the Geisel's lives: members of their family were beginning to marry. First it was Clarence, their eldest son, who married Vera McLellen in 1927.

Two years later in 1929 Nancy, their eldest daughter, married Gavin Coles.

Ted held several positions in their church, St John's Church of England, at various stages. In the early days of the Northern Downs Jockey Club he was a member. He loaned his weighing scales for race meetings and acted as clerk of the scales. He was keenly interested in the national fitness movement, and was chairman of the Dalby committee.

In the years before the war there were more weddings within the family. Doris married Neville Barke in 1934 and Una married William Knowles three years later. In 1939, Grace married A E Stanley and Winifred married Stewart Keys.

The long years of World War II were coming to an end when their 18-year-old son George enlisted in the RAAF.

The Geisels must have been relieved to hear the war had ended; however George never made it home.

It was 1946 he and two others were flying over wild country of Cape York Peninsula in a RAAF Norseman plane when it went missing not far from the Iron Range aerodrome.

It was found some days later that all three men had perished in the crash.

Three years later in 1949 Ted was not enjoying best of health and was not able to follow his usual pursuits. In late April he became very ill and was admitted to hospital where he passed away the next day at the age of 69 years.

He was one son of Dalby who served his town well.

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