Re-shared in celebration of Women’s History Month, March 2022
The State Library of Queensland writes a history blog and regularly adds content from our region. Scroll down for some interesting snippets on the Lynch Sisters.
In 1908, the Lynch Sisters were advertised as competitors at the Kingaroy Show for the Woodchopping Contest for Women only – “the four Misses Lynch competing for the gold medal”. Reporting on the show (below) confirmed the “principal ring attraction was the wood chop competition between the four Lynch sisters, who gave an excellent exhibition”.
In 1913, this photograph was published in the Darling Downs Gazette with the caption:
“Misses Lynch, of Yarraman Creek, champion lady log choppers of Australia taken while barking a pine log. It might be mentioned that these young ladies earn their livelihood by felling and cross-cutting logs into mill lengths, also cutting roads through the scrub to enable bullock teams to go in for the logs. This work they carry out by contract, and their average earnings are about £20 per month”.