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.