Joan and Doug Beddows at Ted Beddows Park which is named after Doug's dad.
Joan and Doug Beddows at Ted Beddows Park which is named after Doug's dad. Robyne Cuerel

Park named after Doug's dad is near original family home

A MARYBOROUGH man is thrilled a local park has been named after his father.

Doug Beddows began researching his dad, Ted Beddows, about 20 years ago.

He said while the Beddows family was close, he never knew too much about his father, who died while Doug was serving in the Air force in 1958.

"I applied to our council some years ago to name a street or park out of respect to the contribution that he made to our fair city of Maryborough," Doug said.

He said his father was well known in the community, especially in sport, and served in the British Royal Navy between 1899 and 1911, joining when he was just 15 years old.

Ted arrived in Maryborough in September 1911 and worked in the mines under the Burrum River.

"He soon left the job because in Ted's own words, he was trained to work above the water, not below it," Doug said.

"As Ted was trained in the navy and qualified as a tool maker it wasn't long before he secured a job at Walkers in their Coppersmiths Workshop."

He said Ted was a cricket umpire at the Newtown Oval and was heavily involved with the Maryborough soccer association.

Doug said he was contacted by the Fraser Coast Regional Council late last year about what parks were available for naming.

He said the chosen park was a special place, as it was close to the original Beddows family home.