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A shining example

They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s certainly the case for Coomber Bros Jewellers in the south-western Queensland town of Roma. As the home-grown jeweller in the town’s main street celebrates its centenary this year, owners Carol and Gary Schefe say the essence of the business success has barely changed: quality, service and a good measure of confidentiality remain as important today as they ever were.

While the Schefes are not sure who the first jeweller in Roma was, they know that in 1910, jeweller S.G. Priest had a business in town, and by 1914, it was taken over by W. Fraser Edmiston. Stan and Ron Coomber, the

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