Before we get into the Report please give some thought to the following amongst us who are unwell at this time:
Kevin Stack-Neale, Elaine Fitzsimmons, Ian Grunert, Bruce Lockier,
If you know of others who may like a Cheerio, let us know.
The Luncheon was an amazing success with Tony Harris (Bindery) making an appearance. Welcome Tony.
Tony being there made Ian Pedler happy and when the Mongrel showed up Ian was in raptures.
Peter Megyery showed up because he heard Wayne ‘Mongrel’ Brown was coming. Peter simply worships the ground Browny walks on.
Peter also thinks Alex Riley is a scholar and a gentleman. Peter is a nice chap who loves to walk everywhere but his judgement of some people is way off beam.
The delightful and handsome Mike Burnett was present. One cruel person said the reason Mike likes to keep in touch with the Old Guvvers is because it’s good for business.
Now Talking about Alex Riley he was out in the Westies car park once again trying to charge his old workmates $5 to sit inside his heap of crap Jaguar. No takers this time. What a bastard he is.
Special mention to Marianne, Jude Marks, Barbara Roberts, Judy Duthie, Margaret Pedler, Norma Rogers, Wendy Powell, Helen Flack, Eunice Wright, Wendy Walker Ann Heilmann, Marilyn Harding and late comer the beautiful Angela Brown.
I had a wonderful time talking to Wendy Powell and Dennis Duthie before realising they both have hearing problems and couldn’t hear a word I said. No wonder they looked so happy.
Thanks to Steve and the Helpful staff at Westies, Great effort people.
At our Old Guv Legends Presentation on Friday 6 July, 2018, Ian Pedler was recognised as an Old Guv Legend.
Ian started at the Guv in 1966, as an Hand Binding Apprentice.
In those days Ian was a very handsome man with lots of flowing hair and a beautiful beard.
Photo: That was good enough for Ian to attract Margaret an intelligent and attractive lady and they married in 1975.
Sadly, his looks have faded but Ian did have some brilliantly funny stories to tell the luncheon gathering.
Unfortunately, due to the cold weather numbers were slightly down. Those who braved the weather were Alex Riley, Rod Parham, Ian and Margaret Pedler, Rob and Wendy Powell, Jenny and Gary Easther, Ray Belt, David, Thelma, and Charlie Korff, Dennis Grover, Kevin Rex and Judy Stack-Neale, Keith Oxley, Wendy and David Walker, Conrad and Norma Rogers, Dennis Duthie & friends Ellen Krueger, Geoff Michell, John and Antonia Manfield, Bob Downs.
Apologies were received from Ann and Keith Heilmann, Pam Palmer, Marianne Hunn, Wayne and Angela Brown, Garth Mugford, Coralie Hills, Dave and Marilyn Harding, Trevor Roberts, Darryl O’Keefe, Eunice Wright, Judy Marks, Jack and Helen Flack, Brian Hartshorne, Barry O’Donnell, Don Woolman, Mike. Burnett, Tony Fitzsimmons, Vic Potticary.
It is widelyacceptedthattheterm“billycan” is derivedfromthelargecansusedfortransportingbouilli or bullybeef on Australia-boundships or duringexploration of theoutback, whichafteruseweremodifiedforboilingwaterover a fire.
Howeverthere is a suggestionthatthewordmay be associatedwiththeAboriginal word for water billa.
In Australia,thebillyhascome to symbolisethespirit of exploration of theoutback.