Niels Peter Jensen
was born in the Mothers Hospital, Toowoomba, on 29 June
1932. His father, Lars Peter Jensen, who hailed from
Aalborg in Denmark was a fireman in the railways. His
mother, Adeline, the daughter of William Henry and Ellen
(née Haddock) Chadburne, was born in Wallangarra. At
that time of Peter’s birth, Lars and Adeline, who were
married in Brisbane on 30 April 1918, had six other
children: Douglas Linten, Norman Wilton, Thomine Ellen,
Constance Edna, Kenneth Allan and Bernard Allison.
Another son Roy was born later.
On 3 January 1951 Peter Jensen married Joy Betty
Foster, daughter of Robert Thurston and Ellen Jessie
(née Boyland) Foster, in St Philip’s Anglican Church,
Thompson Estate, South Brisbane.
The following account of Peter’s life has been
contributed by his wife:
Peter was born and raised in Toowoomba with seven
siblings, six older than himself and a younger brother
Roy who passed away in his teens, leaving Peter the
youngest in the family. Peter came to Brisbane to take
up employment as a technician-in-training for the P.M.G.
when he was only fifteen years old. As his hobby at that
time was pushbike racing, he joined the Balmoral Bike
Club and became Queensland Junior Champion. He continued
to race even after his marriage to Joy in 1951. He used
to train by riding every day from Cooper’s Plains to
Eagle Farm and, after working and studying all day, by
riding back home.
Peter married young and bought a block of land in
Cooper’s Plains where he built a small house for his
wife Joy and himself. Eventually they were blessed with
the birth of their first son Leslie, followed fifteen
months later with their second son Larry. At this time
they decided to move on to acreage and bought a property
on Beaudesert Road in Calamvale where their third son
David was born. The property had a half-completed house
on it; so Peter added the roof and bit by bit, as money
became available, finished it. As there were three acres
of land, the boys had the freedom to play at all the
games they desired and later to learn to drive on it.
Peter was a very good father; and the family grew up in
a happy and close relationship.
Times were changing and Peter was offered a promotion as
a supervising technician at Tamborine Mountain where he
spent the next nine years looking after several
exchanges and the first TV link. While there, he
received an award from the Director of Posts and
Telegraphs, Mr EF Lane, in recognition of the suggestion
he made for improving telephone testing equipment. After
all the years of travelling between home and Tamborine,
he was pleased when he was offered a position back in
Brisbane as a Technical Adviser in the engineering
department of head office.
The boys were all working now and we decided to sell the
acreage and buy a home at Sunnybank, as this was much
more convenient for everyone’s work. Later two of the
boys married and Peter spent a lot of time helping them
with their own homes as well as doing an upgrade on our
home. Peter remained as a Technical Adviser until he
retired after 43 years of service in 1992. He enjoyed
only six years of retirement before he passed away on 13
August 1998 in the Mater Private Hospital, South
Peter Jensen, ‘late of Sunnybank, formerly of Calamvale
and Toowoomba’, was cremated at the Mount Thompson
Crematorium on the afternoon of 18 August 1998. His
ashes were deposited in the Boyland plot at God’s Acre.