The stories of yesteryear: Word in the Streets

Yours truly caught up with Peter Wilkins and Tony Gahan at The Day for the Blokes. Photo by Jeremy McGrath - Events by McGrath.

Yours truly caught up with Peter Wilkins and Tony Gahan at The Day for the Blokes. Photo by Jeremy McGrath - Events by McGrath.

Things happen in Boorowa that take you back to yesteryear. A voice at the ‘Blokes Night’ the other week said, “G’day John Snelling”. The face was familiar, but the name eluded me. I was talking to Tony Gahan, who many of you will recollect worked here for Farmers Grazcos with Terry McDonald. If memory serves me correctly, Farmers Grazcos operated out of the building between the Chinese Restaurant and Raw At 90 Degrees. Mat Corkhill used to work from that building.

Tony wanted me to acknowledge Terry McDonald who has only just recently retired. Top little fellow who loved his horses, and, memory serving me well, hated snakes.

Terry was doing a property inspection and on opening the gate one hot day, the shadow didn’t move. Terry did – moving very speedily away from the black snake stretched out using the gate shade to have a little time out of the sun. Hope Terry has a snake free retirement.


Fred Fahey, the crop duster pilot supreme, was in Pantry on Pudman last week. I love the story of the day he was flying super out of Farrell’s paddock where Peter and Leanne now live. The day was getting away and with chance for only one more flight and a load and a half of super to go, Fred said, “Put it all on.”

The ground crew said, “You won’t have enough power to get off.”

Ever confident, Fred said, “I’ll have enough power to get over the fence, across Rye Park Road and the gully opposite, I’ll power up in, and be off.”

The super was put on and off trundled Fred. As the plane approached the end of the strip, the ever laconic Peter Farrell quipped, “If a double decker truck’s coming along the Rye Park Road, the driver will be in for a hell of a shock’.

Fred knew best. Up safely, super out and no startled truck driver.


Last week I mentioned the Government Trustworthy Barometer, mentioning the fact the world wide trust of governments only averaged 43%, 35% in Australia. At the moment. I feel trust in governments throughout Australia would be well below that percentage.

While on Government, a suggestion has been put forward that candidates for local government be IQ tested. Be nice to know our local government representatives had something between their ears. Seriously, love of your local area, a passion to do something positive for the local people is a far greater attribute for prospective candidates to have.

This attribute applies to all levels of Government, but I wonder just how many actually run purely seeking personal kudos. An interesting thought.


With the worsening drought affecting almost the entire continent, appeals are being launched to help our farmers suffering this natural disaster.

Governments can acknowledge floods, fire, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis as natural disasters. Apparently they find it more convenient to not call drought as such.

Appeals are going out, but the government can only come up with a mere pittance of support compared to the hundreds of billions of dollars sent overseas as foreign aid.

Surely you look after your own backyard before sending money elsewhere. Money that would also help our aged. Infirmed, homeless, etc. There should be a contingency fund to put money aside for a rainy day, or no rain day as we are currently experiencing. Consider:

“Generosity begins at home.” (proverb)