Emanuel William Gâté son of Count Guiam Gâté of Fougere, France.
At the age of 19 years Emanuel was sent to Jersey College to learn English. After successfully passing his examinations in London he decided to come to Queensland in July of 1866. He resided in Ipswich for some time, prior to becoming attached to the “Lands Office” for twelve months. It was during this time that he gained pastoral experience on Mt Devine station. This was further consolidated when Emanuel journeyed by horseback out west and over time carried on a business as a pastoralist.
Gâté sold out and came to the Gympie gold field. He is credited with loaning James Nash a horse to ride to Maryborough to report his discovery. He pursued a number of different ventures, from working on Widgee Cattle Station and working in partnership with a Mr Edwards in running sheep and cattle at what is now Chatsworth, to taking a mail run from Kilkivan to Tewantin for 12 months. Gâté was later to purchase land at Canina and at Tagigan where he was known as a dealer in cattle and horses. Here he diversified into timber and had some experience in mining.
In the early days of the goldfield Gâté was breeding cattle and horses on land adjoining the present Tin Can Bay Road. At the time it was not uncommon whilst alone in the bush to find spear holes in his tent and his practice was to sleep at night in a hollow log until he had a hut built. He claimed the hostility by the indigenous people became so pronounced that he sent to France for a large Newfoundland dog. This had the desired effect in that they called the dog “Devil Devil” and it was a year before they ventured near the homestead again.
In 1874 he married Miss Margaret Murphy, daughter of Mary Murphy and sister to Mrs James Nash who died in 1897.They had three children Angelica Mary Alice (who married Mr W.J. Daniell and had two children), William Jeremiah (born 12/04/1869 died 15/01/1888) and another son died at birth. Emanuel’s second wife was Margaret Fahy with whom he had two children: Noel Gâté, Greens Creek, (who married Isabel and had five children) and daughter Marie Morley (married with no children).
In 1886 Emanuel was elected as Councillor for the Widgee Shire. In the late 1880’s he was bathing with Mr Rankin, Bank Manager, at Double Island Point and was knocked over so violently by a wave that he had both legs broken. A boat had to be sent from Brisbane to rescue him and by the time of its arrival he was paralysed. Chances of his recovery appeared remote and so he took an offer by his brother, a doctor in France, to kill or cure him.
Emanuel returned from France recovered and he was to lead an active life as a farmer and sawmiller until his death on Saturday 26th of August, 1933, at the age of 89 years and 11 months.
Gympie Times 29th August 1933 Obituary
Courier Mail, (Brisbane, Qld: 1933-1954) Saturday 2nd September 1933 page 15
Gympie Times 16th October 1967.