Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Wally Played Active Role in Town

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Wally Played Active Role in Town

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WILLIAM Wallace Reimann, otherwise known as Wally, was born in Gatton on January 30, 1940.

He was the first child of William and Francess Reimann of Winwill, with two brothers and three sisters.

He attended Ma Ma Creek State School and later rode a pushbike to attend high school in Gatton.

When the bike got a flat tyre, Wally said it was a long way to push it home.

Wally left high school at the age of 15 to start his hard-working life on the family farm as his father had bought a tractor.

Wally achieved a goal of working 60 years on the same family farm.

The farm was part of a selection of Tenthill Station 185 years ago.

Two weeks before his parting, he was still seen mowing the water tables on his beloved farm as it was a special part of his life.

When he was 21, he purchased his first VW Beetle car and kick-started a lifelong VW passion.

Wally met the love of his life, Shirley, on a potato farm in the Tenthill District.

Wally had been forced to go out working because of severe drought and took a job on the potato picking drum.

Shirley was picking potatoes on the same farm.

A slight accident of Wally driving over Shirley's potato picking bucket led to a first date invitation.

A very happy courtship followed and Wally married Shirley on February 18, 1967, at Ropeley Lutheran Church.

They honeymooned at the Blue Mountains, staying in the caravan which Wally towed behind his beloved VW station wagon.

Returning from their honeymoon, they moved into their humble dwelling in Winwill.

With alterations, this was to be Wally and Shirley's home for 48 years.

Their marriage was blessed with three children -- Tania, Melody and Sheldon.

After marriage, he took to lucerne and vegetable farming with his wife Shirley always at his side to help out.

Wally introduced growing egg plants in the Valley and excelled in doing so.

Many champion ribbons were won for his vegies at the local shows.

For many years he has also provided vegies and produce for the Sydney Royal Show.

Wally took an active part in his local Ma Ma Creek Community and regularly attended P and C meetings during his children's school life. …

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