Reflecting on Edna Fraser's legacy

Livestock transporter and horse racing enthusiast Edna Fraser dies


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The late Edna Fraser passed away aged 94 on March 18.

The late Edna Fraser passed away aged 94 on March 18.

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Edna Fraser was prominent in business, and with her family and community during her 94 years in the Warwick district.

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A strong and resilient woman, Edna Fraser was prominent in business, and with her family and community during her 94 years in the Warwick district.  

Edna with husband Charlie Fraser, were widely known for the family livestock transport business and later thoroughbred breeding and racing pursuits.

She was brought-up with siblings Tim, Gladys, Rita and George Gross at Maryvale and Womina, moving to Warwick where she attended East and Warwick High schools.

Edna worked at Mrs Jensen's Palmerin Street dress shop.  No doubt it was here where she was honed the innate fashion sense that characterised her throughout her long life.

Immediately after their marriage on September 2, 1944, Charlie and Edna set up C.M. Fraser Livestock Transport

Now know as Frasers Livestock Transport, it celebrated 75 years in 2019.

Edna and Charlie's four four children, Ross, Les, Susanne and Peter were born between 1946 and 1954

During this time Edna was active in the business, keeping the books, answering the phone, giving instructions to drivers and often feeding them.

"Dad was the driver and Mum was in charge of the rest," son Ross recalls.

It wasn't until 1962, 18 years into the business, that she employed an office assistant.

During that time also, Edna cared for a great-aunt and Charlie's mother who both, in their later years, lived with the family.

The transport depot and workshop, originally behind the Wood Street house, moved around the corner to Short Street.

As the operation expanded under the second generation, Edna and Charlie retired to Lyndhurst Lane in 1986.

In 1990 the business moved to the Killarney Road site which provided ample room for head office, depot and workshop, holding yards and trans-shipping facilities.

Edna and Charlie carried on their thoroughbred breeding and racing interests, winning in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

They spent time at the family grazing property, Richmond Hill, Pratten, settled by the Fraser family in 1888.

Retirement gave more time to follow the polocrosse involvement of sons Les and Peter at local, State and National levels.

As as a new generation Fraser began to participate in the sport, only "Gran" could be entrusted with laundering the white moleskins after each carnival.

Edna volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Akooramak Home for the Aged in Warwick.

She provided regular pick-ups driving older parishioners without means of transport to mid-week Church services.

Edna and Charlie attended St Mark's and, once a month, St John's West Warwick or St James at Pratten, where stained-glass windows commemorate previous generations of Frasers.

She passed away peacefully on March 18, aged 94 years.

Edna is survived by sons Ross, Les and Peter, daughter Susanne Wade and their families, grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of 26. 

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