Buchanan Ave, Tin Can Bay, Queensland
In the 1930s Malcolm Buchanan of Goomboorian, near Gympie, QLD, and his four older sons (Malcolm [Boy], William [Neil], Ivon and Alan [Eric]) bought a 2 ½ acre block of land from a Ben Powers with a view to sub-dividing and reselling the land. Due to WW2, the planned subdivision of the block was postponed.
During the war, Malcolm (Boy) Stjernqvist Buchanan was killed in action when his Halifax III MZ (414641) was damaged and crashed on 21 Nov 1944. ‘Boy’ was a Flight Lieutenant in 78 Squadron and had previously been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After the war, the land was subdivided into 11 blocks divided by a road. Permission was sought and granted to name the road Buchanan Ave to honour ‘Boy’. One of the blocks of land was set aside for a church.
Source: The Rosslyn Story 1910-1964, by Margaret Goodall, pub 1998. (Margaret is Boy’s younger sister.)
Malcolm (Boy) Stjernqvist Buchanan's family
Father. Malcolm Buchanan (b 1887, Gympie, Queensland. d. 1964, Gympie.) Farmer at Goomboorian. The second youngest of 10 children.
Mother. Ada May Stjernqvist (b. 1892, Brisbane, Queensland. d. 1982, Gympie.)
William Nils Buchanan (b. 1914, Gympie. d. 2004, Gympie.)
Ivon Henry Buchanan (b. 1916, Gympie. d. 1975, Gympie.)
Alan Eric Buchanan (b. 1918, Gympie.)
Anne May Buchanan (b. 1920, Gympie.)
Percy Alexander Buchanan (b. 1925, Gympie.)
Margaret Alma Buchanan (b. 1929, Gympie.)