Louise Joyce (nee Cargill) TC'66

QLD cattle station owner Louise Joyce (nee Cargill) TC '66 and husband Burnett are the 2018 recipients of regional “Modern Pioneers” award, recognising the ongoing innovation, trail-blazing and unique work that is being undertaken throughout regional Queensland to continually build the area and it’s industries, ensuring their relevance in today’s world.

L Joyce

After Louise left Toorak College in 1966, she attended Monash University, completing an Economics and Politics degree in 1969.
After spending 2 years overseas, Louise worked at Australian Maritime Industries, Collins Street, Melbourne, bringing in a Superannuation Scheme before moving to Queensland where she married Burnett Joyce. They live on a large cattle station, breeding Santa Gertrudis Stud and Commercial Cattle.
Louise has spent the last 18 months writing and collating a colour photography book, 240 pages long, to celebrate 50 years of on-property sales at “Gyranda”. It encompasses the 50 years and beyond with history, articles, anecdotes, incidents, lots of photographs and much more. It tells of a life so different from most, detailing the challenges of living life to the full in the outback. Louise reflects "if anyone had foreseen that I would live in a remote area of Queensland, (with very marginal telephone, postal and internet reception), would home school our 4 children, become involved in Distance Education, learn Spanish, become a foreign correspondent for the US Tribune, and have to deal with staff in those early years, I would have thought they had rocks in their head".

This year Burnett and Louise were given a regional award of “Modern Pioneers”. Quote “the term modern being utilized to highlight the ongoing innovation, trail-blazing and unique work that is being undertaken throughout Regional Queensland to continually build the area and it’s industries, ensuring their relevance in today’s world.” (Shanna Muston).

The book, “Sale-o and Smokos” is being launched at Beef Australia in Rockhampton on 7 May 2018. Landline’s Pip Courtney is officiating at the Book Launch. For those wishing to purchase a copy of Louise's book for $50, please email Louise directly via aljgyranda@bigpond.com.


When my daughter Nikki approached me about the possibility of compiling a photographic book documenting Gyranda’s bull sales over the last 50 years, I jumped at the challenge. Being a fanatic record keeper, I have kept every newspaper cutting of interest, be it about our sales or the state of the economy, the political battles we have endured or ‘whatever grabbed my fancy’.

I always believed I had a story to tell (even if it was just for my children and grandchildren). I came from Victoria to Queensland to marry a man whose company I had been in for only 14 days before we were married. To say I really didn’t know Burnett well is an understatement, and vice versa. Neither of us truly knew what we were signing up for. I have actually tried to write a memoir of sorts but being quite a private person, I struggled with the candour required. This book gave me a way to share some of our stories, and to incorporate my passion for photography. The photos tell the story a lot better than I do.

So, after the introduction, this book is really my life over the 50 years, depicting all the adjustments required along the way, the funny incidents, the sorrows and happiness of living life to the full. It is an historic record with hundreds of photos of seasonal conditions, shows, cattle and sales of course, but more importantly it is about us and the people who have touched our lives.

I am thankful that Burnett has a wonderful memory and great sense of humour. We have had great times reminiscing, while I was writing and editing. He has been unusually patient, with losing his right hand woman for the last 18 months, and I know he can’t wait for this book to be in the hands of the printers!

It had been a huge project, but it has been ’a good ride’.