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Childhood adventures follow author throughout her life

By Tanayah Wakefield

Childhood exploits in the paddocks of Strathpine laid the foundations for a lifetime of adventure for author Sandy Thorne.

The daughter of Snow Sefton, a founding member of the Pine Rivers Lions Club and past president of the Pine Rivers Show – who also raced his Strathpine Special at car meets around Queensland – Sandy has fond memories of the area in the 1950s and ’60s.

“When I was growing up around Bald Hills and Strathpine, the South Pine River was the boundary and we just lived in that river,” she recalls.

“The paddocks where we gallivanted around and had so much fun and adventures is all housing now.

“Life growing up in the ’50s and ’60s in the Pine Shire was just ideal. We had everything – we had the bush and you could jump on a horse or a pushy and go to Sandgate five miles away.”

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