Kaye Kuhn is a local Longreach girl born and bred with a passion for all Longreach history but in particular the stories of the people - how they came to be here, what they did when they were here, who were/are their families. I developed this passion when working for the Justice Department in 1980’s, one of my jobs was to record the births deaths and marriages for the local registrar of births deaths and marriages. Curiosity got the better of me one day and I started looking at my own family records and the story just goes on from there.
Today I feel humbled to be recognised as a Longreach Historian. With a friend I co-authored a book to commemorate the soldiers of Longreach who are remembered on the cenotaph (this was done in 2013 before the 100 year celebrations started). And of course, one story leads to another, so now I am trying to establish the soldiers buried in the Longreach Cemetery as well as what happened to the 745 men who enlisted from Longreach in WW1. Eventually I’d like to follow through with WWII.
I am the President of the Longreach Archival Group and have been with them since inception in 1999.
Recently I have teamed with Brisbane History Tours to deliver guided cemetery tours of the Longreach Cemetery. As a side line I also run my own private research business, Gumtree Research, undertaking research for individuals and organisations for anything to do with Longreach.