Ted and his miraculous generator

POWER outages swept areas of the Whitsundays during the aftermath of Cyclone Ului, testing the patience and community spirit of those affected.

While all those affected should be commended for their efforts, let’s not forget the little mechanical mate who got a lot of people out of trouble – the generator.

Generators powered local businesses and homes across the Whitsundays, one even survived the full brunt of the cyclone, before returning to the surface and helping some Mount Julian residents.

Owner of the generator, Bernie Thomas, salvaged the little machine from his 45ft ex-trawler Sil-v-elle which washed up on the rocks in Muddy Bay last Sunday.

By Sunday afternoon, the generator, which was one of the few things recovered from the battered boat, was in action at Ted and Sarah Fowke’s Mount Julian residence.

The Fowkes, friends of Mr Thomas, had taken him in before he headed south to Rockhampton to be with his son.

As well as the house, the generator also pumped the neighbours’ septic tank and another neighbour used the Fowkes’ house to do some much needed washing.

Despite losing his boat, which he was restoring and doubled as a home in recent times, Mr Thomas has moved on and is thinking about the next boat he is going to buy.

Mr Thomas was so grateful for the support from Ted and Sarah that he gave them the generator, which is now known as the “miracle” generator.


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