HARDLY anyone knows Pound Hill these days, but the suburban housing on the left as you cross Pengelly's Bridge towards Monkland was a well known dairy farm when Patrick Ward came to town.
A hard-working cane farmer from Bundaberg, he quickly mastered the skills of the dairy farmer and became a highly successful jersey stud breeder after his move to Gympie.
Patrick turned 100 this week, appropriately enough on St Patrick's Day.
"Hard work never hurt anyone," his proud daughter Gail Smoothey said yesterday of her dad's part in Gympie's history.
He bought the McNought dairy where Tyrrell Rd and suburban houses are now.
"He topped Queensland for butter fat for his jersey stud cattle," she said.
"When he was a cane farmer, they cut it all by hand, so he knew how to work."
Mr Ward was one of the suppliers to Nestle's new milk factory - which is celebrating its 60th birthday this year - in the early days of its operation.
"The old farm house is still there," Mrs Smoothey said.
"He retired to Tozer Park and spent quite a few years in a unit in Oak St after that.
"Mum passed away about six years ago. Dad lived by himself until about two years ago.
"He was in his 90s when he gave up his driver's licence.
"He loved cars.
"He was a Ford man," his daughter said.
Mr Ward made his national television debut on St Patrick's Day when he featured on morning television.
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