Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Nicknames - We Love Them or Hate Them

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Nicknames - We Love Them or Hate Them

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When I was a child, everyone had a nickname.

Nicknames are an interesting thing. There are people who have a nickname and identify themselves by that name.

When we lived at Richmond, the man who was a shearing contractor and organised our shearing was Nooky Cook. I suppose Nooky did have a real name, but I never heard it or heard anyone refer to him as anything but "Nooky". I can remember him saying, when I answered the phone, "Hello Nettie, Nooky Cook here. Can I talk to your dad?"

He had a brother, Tom, who was the butcher in Richmond. I don't know why Tom didn't have a nickname. Perhaps "Tom" was his nickname!

There was also another town character who had a nickname. He was the TAA agent, had the only taxi in Richmond and was also a very talented mechanic. He was a bachelor who lived with his mother. His nickname was "Magpie". Unlike Nooky, "Magpie" did not like his nickname and would become extremely irate if people unknowingly called him "Magpie" when they were speaking to him. …

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