Gold Coast People

Learn about the people who helped shape the Gold Coast

William Lather

William Lather

William Lather was involved in local government for 49 years. Read this story
Richard Gardiner

Richard Gardiner

Richard was a pilot for boats using the channels leading into the South Boat Passage. Read this story
South Coast Women's Organisation

South Coast Women's Organisation

Meetings were scheduled around the bus timetables to allow ladies to travel from across the region and return home in time for the evening meal. Read this story
Nancy and Frank Jarvis

Nancy and Frank Jarvis

When the children had not been located by the following morning the authorities were called. Read this story
Matron Annabelle Gawn

Matron Annabelle Gawn

Annabelle Gawn was a widely respected nurse in Nerang and the surrounding district during the first half of the twentieth century. Read this story
Paula Stafford

Paula Stafford

Initially called Fiesta, the shop was later known as The Tog Shop, The Bikini Bar and finally Paula Stafford of Surfers Paradise. Read this story
Lena Cooper

Lena Cooper

Lena was a keen reader and writer and kept diaries with details of personal experiences and local events. Read this story
Keith Williams

Keith Williams

Keith purchased a dairy farm at Carrara on the Nerang River where he created the Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens. Read this story
Jim Cavill

Jim Cavill

Jim Cavill is credited as being responsible for the naming of Surfers Paradise and was an active in founding the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club in 1929. Read this story
Ivy Hassard

Ivy Hassard

During her career in aviation Ivy designed many of own her flying outfits and in 1946 she opened the first fashion boutique in Surfers Paradise. Read this story
Helena Davenport

Helena Davenport

In addition to running her school, Helena wrote leading articles for The Southern Queensland Bulletin newspaper. Read this story
David Fleay

David Fleay

While in Tasmania, David Fleay took a photograph of the last captive Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) which has long been regarded as ‘the best and clearest’ ever taken. Read this story