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LENNIE AND GINGER MICK
It’s 1932 and Australia is in the grip of the Great Depression.
One in three workers are unemployed.
Decrepit shanty towns hug the outskirts of the big cities.
A scrawny rabbit caught in a trap will feed a family for a week.
Country roads are filled with broken men walking from one farmhouse
to another seeking menial jobs and food.
On the outskirts of the South Gippsland town of Leongatha, an
injured farmer lies in bed unable to walk – or work.
World War I hero Captain Leo Tennyson Gwyther is in hospital with a
broken leg and the family farm is in danger of falling into ruins.
Up steps his son, nine-year-old Lennie.
With the help of his pony Ginger Mick, Lennie ploughs the farm’s 24
paddocks and keeps the place running until his father can get back
on his feet.
How to reward him?
Lennie has been obsessively following one of the biggest engineering
feats of the era – the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
He wants to attend its opening.
With great reluctance, his parents agree he can go.
So Lennie saddles up Ginger Mick, packs a toothbrush, pyjamas,
spare clothes and a water bottle into a sack, and begins the 1000+
kilometer (600+ miles) trek to Sydney.
Alone.
That’s right.
A nine year old boy riding a pony from the deep south of Victoria to
the biggest and roughest city in the nation.
Told you it was a different era.
No social media.
No mobile phones.
But even then it doesn’t take long before word begins to spread about
a boy, his horse and their epic trek.
The entire populations of small country towns gather on their
outskirts to welcome his arrival.
He survives bushfires, is attacked by a “vagabond” and endures rain
and cold, biting winds.
When he reaches Canberra he is welcomed by Prime Minister Joseph
Lyons, who invites him into Parliament House for tea.
When he finally arrives in Sydney, more than 10,000 people line the
streets to greet him.
He is besieged by autograph hunters.
He becomes a key part of the official parade at the bridge’s opening.
He and Ginger Mick are invited to make a starring appearance at the
Royal Show.
Even Donald Bradman, the biggest celebrity of the Depression era,
requests a meeting and gives him a signed cricket bat.
A letter writer to The Sydney Morning Herald at the time gushes that
“just such an example as provided by a child of nine summers,
Lennie Gwyther was, and is, needed to raise the spirit of our people
and to fire our youth and others to do things – not to talk only.
“The sturdy pioneer spirit is not dead … let it be remembered that this
little lad, when his father was in hospital, cultivated the farm – a mere
child.”
When Lennie leaves Sydney for home a month later, he has become
one of the most famous figures in a country craving uplifting news.
Large crowds wave handkerchiefs.
Women weep and shout “goodbye”.
According to The Sun newspaper, “Lennie, being a casual Australian,
swung into the saddle and called ‘Toodleloo!’”.
He finally arrives home to a tumultuous reaction in Leongatha.
He returns to school and soon life for Lennie – and the country –
returns to normal.
These days you can find a bronze statue in Leongatha
commemorating Lennie and Ginger Mick.
But Australia has largely forgotten his remarkable feat – and how he
inspired a struggling nation.
Never taught about him in school?
Never heard of him before?
Spread the word.
We need to remember – and celebrate – Lennie Gwyther and his
courageous journey.
It's a great story.
God knows we need these stories now, more than ever.
 

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Slapped some dvd screens in back of the patrol . Kids love it ...
Treated all rust spots and touch up paint .
Cleaned oil pick up and sump and painted with heat paint .oil anf filters all new . And waiting on shims for valve clearance and gaskets in up coming days . Then there is another order of front and back bushes , sway bar links , rotors and brakes , braided hoses , provent catch can , timing chain and water pump kit , and 3 core alliminum radiator arriving thursday and that will all be done over the weekend . If motor still has knock then i will be pulling her out .
Will do a resto build thread with all pics along the way
(Does anyone have tips for crappy tint removal ? )


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From memory it is end of month when it appears in the north western sky, when I read about it, it was appearing in south east at around 3am, which I wasn't to interested in dragging my telescope out for.
Me too but my wife and daughter will ill tell her to google some more about it cheers.

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Me too but my wife and daughter will ill tell her to google some more about it cheers.

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The washing machine carking it and being able to buy one outright and pick up today. They also let me dump old washer at their store.
 
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The washing machine carking it and being able to buy one outright and pick up today. They also let me dump old washer at their store.
Jeez ya got a good run out of that. :eek:

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When I finally get the truck sitting on the road the way it should drive, after 2yrs of saying that it steers from the drive.. Wheel alignments done last week and the suspension height dropped another 15mm and the bloody thing now drives in a straight line, as it should have from new! Forking w.anker fools that set things up and tell people that how it needs to be but what would I know, I just wrestle it all over the road all day long. 🖕

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Cray season finnishes on the 1st of September. I have cut down 4 drum net wires and it pisses me off that some people are such lowlifes . Like what about my son . Doesntt he deserve the same fun our generation had. You know im pulling up nets in spots/holes where i used to get 20 crays a pull . Now im lucky to get 1 or 2. Its so sad follow fisherys laws. Yes they can be cockheads . But these laws are made by people smarter and for a bloody good reason . If it continues there will be no more season and they will lock us outta national parks . You know the type of grubs who pack up camp and leave all the rubbish . I catch one ill honestly bash em to a inch of there lives. This is my familys life and its being destroyed more each year.
Sorry for tge rant guys . I put it on looserbook (facebook) and here . Just trying to spread the message..
 

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Look after our rivers and national parks . Thats where all the fun happens . You know 4wding shooting bike riding . And good old fishing .lets cherrish it and keep it going for generations too come
 

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While searching for 'That's What Friends Are For' this was the next vid in the queue, second song I taught myself on the guitar way back in 1960.

First song was Ghost Riders In The Sky by Vaughn Monroe.

Then next in the queue was the great man himself playing along with another great in one of the most beautiful songs of all time, still brings a tear to my good eye every time I hear it.
 

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Sitting in the driveway at beer o'clock can lead to seeing many surprisings things both natural and man made, this flew over recently, I didn't have my camera but neighbour did so he took these and sent them to me today (everything was a blurr to me at the time anyway due to eye issue).
They have just completed a second and bigger runway at the now international Maroochy Airport and recently there have been numerous test flights, which is what we think this was, it did a number of passes over and around the airport, then went out over the ocean.
Interesting bit of gear, have not seen a refuel-er here before.
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