Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Kandanga Smithy Loved Sport

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Kandanga Smithy Loved Sport

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KEVIN Bernard (Blue) Millers was born in Gympie on October 15, 1932, the fifth child of George and Linda Millers. Kevin's family lived in Kandanga and he attended Kandanga State School.

Like many families at this time the Millers family suffered from hard times. Blue's father died when Blue was only 12 years old and he had to leave school to help support the family, as his mother was left with three younger children.

Blue found a job with Clarrie Collins, who gave him an apprenticeship as a blacksmith. He rode his push bike to work from Kandanga to Dagun every day.

Blue was quite clever at school (as he always liked to tell anyone who would listen) so he finished his education by correspondence.

Kevin loved sport more than school, and really loved his rugby league. He and a few of his brothers played for the Kandanga team for many years. After finishing as a team member he became a referee, but was often thought to be a little one-eyed if the Kandanga team was playing.

Blue also played a bit of cricket, although he was never as passionate about cricket as he was about his rugby league but, as fate would have it, he would have to continue enjoying the game from the sidelines as there was something, or someone, more important on the horizon.

He had been keeping his eye on lovely Kandanga Creek lass Connie O'Farrell who was always to be seen at local dances. They soon became an item and were married on July 17, 1954.

Blue and Connie's first child was a girl, Carolyn, born on Christmas Eve. Sadly Carolyn was born with a hole in her heart and was always very sick.

Connie and Blue were very highly thought of in the area and, as a result, the people of the Mary Valley raised funds to help get Carolyn to Melbourne where an operation was to be attempted.

Unfortunately Carolyn died on the operating table at the tender age of 6A1/2 years. Her parents were naturally devastated and Blue could never say Carolyn's name without being overcome by emotion.

Several other children had been born to the couple and Blue, with a young family to think about, had to put sport aside. …

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