Thomas William Cable (1896 – 1966)

Thomas was born in QLD in 1896.

He married to Catherina “Kate” Ceristhi Baudino on 22/11/1924 in QLD.
Kate was born in QLD on 10/07/1899.

They had 2 children:

  • Gloria Catterina Cable (1925 – 2001) never married.

  • Kathleen Patricia Cable (1928 – 1941)

Thomas died in Macrossan on 01/01/1966.

Kate died in Charters Towers on 04/07/1999.

Biography for Kate, published in Australia Women’s Register:

Kate Cable was the longest serving postmistress in Australia. On 1 July 1927 she was appointed postmistress at Macrossan, on the Flinders Highway, west of Townsville, earning 15/- per week. Kate outlived the official history records of the postal service of Queensland. Her 59 years service at the Macrossan post office officially ended when the exchange went automatic on 31 March 1986; however Kate continued to maintain her links with Australia Post and the district, acting as Community Mail Agent for the collection and distribution of mail. Her duties as a postmistress involved sorting incoming and outgoing mail, banking, money orders and operating the old cordless pyramid switchboard.

The Divisional Manager of Australia Post, Don Watson, presented Kate Cable with a plaque depicting a sketch of the early type of pyramid switchboard, to commemorate her 59 years of service at the Macrossan post office. The cordless pyramid switchboard was removed when Macrossan became an automatic exchange in March 1986. The busiest time with telephone communications for Kate was when the Second Field Supply Battalion of the Royal Australian Air Force and the army estabished bases at Macrossan during World War II. The bases were connected to the Macrossan telephone exchange. The first subscriber to be linked to the exchange was Fanning Downs Station.

When she was 7 years old Kate had her leg amputated as a result of being bitten by a Black Whip snake when living near Ingham. Doctors told her parents that she would not live past 14, but the indomitable Kate proved them wrong and lived to 4 days short of her 100th birthday. She married Thomas William Cable, a direct descendant of Henry Cable and Susannah Holmes, convicts sent to Botany Bay in 1788.

Kathleen Patricia Cable (1928 – 1941)

Kathleen was born in 1928 in Macrossan and died as a result of an tragic accident, as published in the Daily Mercury (Mackay) of 12/04/1941.