Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

New Generation's Echo of the Past

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

New Generation's Echo of the Past

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THEY were like us ... but they were different. The generation before.

Yet I guess everyone thinks like that eventually.

Sitting on the back veranda with my daughter. Her friend is on a family holiday to Victoria to visit relatives.

Sandy Point. I know where that is. I had a barbecue there. A beautiful place, I tell my daughter. It's the narrow neck of land that leads to Wilson's Promontory, a national park with big hills down to white sandy beaches and crystal blue sea.

Our first visit there on a surfing trip it reminded me of a sacred Aboriginal site ... where heaven met Earth, where the spirits left the land.

Tasmania is the next stop south and after that ... Antarctica.

Back to the barbecue. I was working in the bank then. We would travel all over the state auditing the branches, staying at good hotels and motels.

That week Alan McKernan was the boss. He had been in the Army during the war ... logistics. They were responsible for supplying Darwin with all manner of things, from ordinance to biscuits and tea.

That night at Sandy Point, chops on a barbecue we had created out of rocks from the beach and sticks, not the electric ones that are all over the place today. And to eat them while the sun set ... I guess we even had billy tea. How lucky we were.

He had some great stories to tell. …

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