DIARY UPDATE: Week 41, 2016

WEEK 41 2016


Interview Gene Miles re the late Terry Butler, after watching You Tube highlights of Terry playing for Wynnum-Manly. Learn of the passing of former Australian Test cricketer, ‘mystery spinner’, John Gleeson, at the age of 78. John hailed from Wiangaree, near Kyogle. I saw him play for Australia against India at the Gabba in January, 1968 when my dad took me to Brisbane for the occasion. Australia won easily, and Gleeson returned figures of 3-70. I remember trying to emulate his grip of the cricket ball.

Queensland State of Origin coach, Kevin Walters jogs by as I take grandson, Ethan to a playground at Auchenflower. Walk home, and at Wilston, a ‘feral’ couple follow me, the male spitting all the while. I took a guess about where they lived and got it 100 percent right.


MC Beer and Beef Club lunch at Ship Inn, with Reeve Kruck, the CEO of Titan Garages and Sheds, the special guest. He speaks about his business and love of sprint car racing. Those ‘corny’ Titan sheds television ads, which I like, feature Reeve’s son, and are done on a shoestring budget. I would never have guessed.


Royal Historicial Soicety of Queensland chair, Dean Prangley is special guest at our Queensland Rugby League History Committee meeting. Our committee is affiliated with the society. Former Test prop, Greg Dowling is announced as new CEO of the Northern Pride, which plays in the Queensland Intrust Super competition.


Watch the Trans-Tasman Test from Perth, and it proves a great advertisement for rugby league. Australia win 26-6 with Greg Inglis scoring two tries, in front of a crowd of 20,283. Inglis was named man of the match. Making their debuts for Australia were Shannon Boyd, Valentine Holmes and Tyson Frizell. Frizell previously had played for Wales under the grandparent rule. Solomone Kata and Jordan Rapana were the Kiwi debutants.


Huckaback is mentioned on the radio, and, surprisingly, my wife, Marie has never heard of this form of embroidery. I remember doing it at primary school at Murwillumbah. The Windsor State School fete features live music, African dancers and a Stone and Wood bar. One of the volunteer barmen looks like actor, Michael Keaton. Chat to Charlotte and Arthur, an English couple from Chorley in Lancashire. She nursed Marie’s mum at Caroona in Lismore. Arthur is an ex butcher, who had a chippy in Lismore. A former pupil of Windsor State is former Test rugby league halfback, Greg Oliphant. Mike O’Connor has a yarn in The Courier-Mail about former Murwillumbah sawmiller, Alleyne Withey, who is now 90. Withey’s Standard Sawmill was once one of the biggest sawmills in the southern hemisphere. As part of of my rounds as a cadet journalist, I would visit the Forestry office once a week. What was then the Mebbin State Forest, and open to logging, is now part National Park.

In Hong Kong, our daughter, Melanie goes hiking in the hills.

Photo: Greg Dowling.

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