KEEPING THEM SAFE
Community volunteers from Gunning Fish/River RFB and Lions Club of Gunning ran the June long weekend Driver Reviver facilities at Mundoonen rest areas. The drinks, bikkies, sausage sandwiches and cheerful welcome given to travellers are warmly appreciated.
Community volunteers really enjoy their shifts, meeting a veritable kaleidoscope of humanity. Three year-old Takira Taylor from Wollongong got much of her free Milo over her face as she cuddled her pet Central Bearded Dragon.
A gent from Sydney was heading for his 45th family June weekend at Burrunjuck, now needing seven cabins! Another couple was heading for Junee to exchange contracts on a property that very afternoon, the final act towards a tree change from the big smoke. Incidentally the two custom-built catering trailers were built by folk at Junee prison.
But there are problems. Changes are needed to replace the SES as organisers of food and storage of equipment. Organisations involved will be meeting next Monday to thrash out some solutions. If you have some ideas or would like to know more please contact either Liz Read (RFB) or Margaret McPherson (Lions).
Gunning and Dalton people have excelled themselves once again raising almost $1400 for the Cancer Council through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
A further fundraiser in support of Camp Quality for Kids with Cancer is being organised by the ever enthusiastic Leah Ross, at the Foley Centre this Saturday, June 17 at 2pm (0439 734 641 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
BOER WAR CONNECTION
Henry Albert Best was born at “Albert Vale” (now “Boureong”), Gunning. His son John Best believes he enlisted for the Boer War from here. Henry Best was a Lance Sergeant with the NSW Imperial Bushmen and later served with the 1st Light Horse Regiment during WWI.
John Best is one of 100 direct descendants of those who fought in the Boer War who were invited to the official opening of the Boer War Memorial on May 31 by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove. About 1200 people attended.
Denis Joseph Murray of Oolong also served in the Boer War, dying of typhoid on January 10, 1901. Maybe he and Henry Best enlisted at the same time?
The family of Henry Albert Best, now living around Grenfell, is trying to find his medals and more about his time in Gunning. If you can help, please contact his granddaughter Ann Best 0423 532 444 or email@example.com.