Paulette Flint – Local historian

I write articles and books about local Gladstone district history.

My latest book due for publication in 2017 is a tale of exploration, adventure and murder  set in Australia, with links to Gladstone’s history. Read about the life of a man who died young pursuing his passion.

I have published a collection of stories about the street names of Gladstone, “What’s in a Name? The stories behind the street names of Gladstone”. My first published book gives a glimpse into the fascinating history behind the street names of the city of Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.

I research local history and write a daily column called “Times Gone By” in the “Gladstone Observer” our local newspaper. Many of these articles feature historical accounts of the many people who have played a part in the development of the Gladstone region.

I conduct History Walks along Goondoon Street and relate the history of some of the buildings along the way. Some of these buildings have been depicted in Geoff Head’s Lino-cuts which are installed on the footpaths.

15 thoughts on “Paulette Flint – Local historian

  1. Hi Paulette, Just wondering if you would know where I could find some photos of the old Upton Cinema on Goondoon St that was demolished a couple of years ago? Google doesn’t seem to come up with much.

  2. Hi Paulette, I have been meaning to do this for a couple of years! Yes years! My name is Kerry Whitaker (nee O’Dowd). We went to school together and I was just wanting to get in touch (after 47 years) yes a bit slow in the reconnect but better late than never. I was wondering if there are any reunions planned in the near future as I could not make the one that happened around mid 1990s. You send a copy of your book to my Aunt for her to send on to M&D (Beryl & Justin O’Dowd). We all enjoyed the book. My email is whitakerkerryanne@gmail. Kerry.

  3. Hi Paulette. Sue Lynch here. Sorry, I didn’t know how else to contact you. Firstly, I wish to say thankyou for calling in to see me in our new historic home in Gladstone (original Breslin residence) with a couple of signed copies of your book. One of the signed copies went to my mother in law who is very appreciative and has sent you a thankyou card. I am unable to pass it on as I don’t have your address. She would be very disappointed if I was unable to pass on this card. Is there anything you can suggest. kind regards, Sue

      • Hi Paulette. I am developing a website for my house for people who are interested in original queenslanders. I know the full history of our house and the Breslin family who built it (grand-daughter Dora lives next door). Rather than come up with my own words would you mind if I used a couple of paragraphs from your book from “Teaching the Masses” about Patrick Breslin? I can reference the information I use referring to book and author. Thanks Sue Lynch

  4. Hi Paulette, My name is Jane Young and I am your second cousin. My mother being Ronda Pickering. My daughter Stacey Clarke has tried contacting you to no avail. She is doing our family tree. Please contact me on bigred31@bigpond.com or Stacey on csclarke2005@gmail. warm regards, Jane

  5. Hi Paulette. I am researching my family tree and mum suggested contacting you. Please email me and I will provide more thorough information.

  6. Hi Paulette, stumbled across your blog whilst googling the net – great work! Im a keen historian of Australian cinemas and theatres, and also Editor of “CinemaRecord Magazine” for the Australia-wide Cinema & Theatre Historical Society” http://www.caths,org.au In our next edition of the magazine, l have reported on the recent demolition of the Civic Theatre- and the passing of Keith Upton. I’ve found it very hard to find any photos- recent, but particular older pics of the Civic, particularly when it was running… and nothing on the early years. Im keen to use some in our magazine and am hoping that you may have something or could possibly point me in the right direction? As Issue 1 for 2013 is due within the next few weeks l have little time do do much than a photographic report on the Civic’s demise, but in the following one (june) would be very keen to run an article on the “theatres of Gladstone” and maybe even Keith and the Upton families contribution to entertaining the locals. Olympia/Lincoln/Civic/Regent?Embassy/Glen.. all interesting! Perhaps you or someone else keen on recording local history would be interested in this project? Anyway, Im glad that l stumbed across your blog and hope that you might find time to drop me a line if you think you might be able to assist in any way. Keep up the good work! Thanking you in anticipation! Kind Regards, Kev.

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