Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Life on the Farm after War; before the 75th Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk, We Share Stories of Those Who Served

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Life on the Farm after War; before the 75th Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk, We Share Stories of Those Who Served

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Information supplied by the family of Arthur Adair and the Rats of Tobruk Association. Written by The Morning Bulletin reporter, Michelle Gately.

A BUTCHER by trade, it was sacrilege for anyone to touch or use Arthur Adair's knives.

Arthur's family was well-known in Rockhampton, with his parents Copeland and Ethel running The Grosvenor Hotel.

It was accommodation often referred to as the "cattle camp" by the patrons, mainly country folk visiting Rockhampton.

Copeland was also one of the founding members of the Rockhampton Jockey Club.

Riding was also among Arthur's talents and he rode strapper for his father.

He was also known to have trained horses by swimming them in the Fitzroy River.

The Adair family also had cattle interests, with their grazing property Amet-Dale south of St Lawrence.

On January 21, 1941, Arthur enlisted in Rockhampton aged 26 and was deployed to the Middle East on the Queen Mary with 6000 other Australian soldiers.

Arthur landed a job working in the officers' mess where he would collect the leftover food and take it to the privates on deck.

When he returned from the Middle East, Arthur was sent to Papua New Guinea and was there for the "Landing of the Lae" in early September, 1943.

While there, Arthur contracted malaria and scrub typhus.

Arthur was sent home on the hospital ship and spent 10 weeks recovering in Greenslopes Hospital, Brisbane.

During the war, Arthur had written to the woman who would become his wife, Gladys McCartney.

When he got home they were engaged on December 1, 1944 after his discharge in May of that year.

Arthur was known to "jump the rattler" from Wumalgi to Princhester to spend time with her.

Gladys and Arthur were married on October 10, 1945 at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church and had the reception at ANZAC House. …

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