A poem written in memory of Bub Emery!
A mailman has a thankless job,
No truer words were spoken yet
A million things to memorise
And God help if you forget.
Bub (Steven) Emery on his mail truck in front of his house in Stockyard Street Cunnamulla
Along the corrugated roads
In summer heat or winter cold
Through mud, mirage, or bulldust deep,
You watch the endless miles unfold.
The man we knew who drove the mail
With many a high and heavy load,
Earned love, respect and gratitude,
Along the Moombidary Road.
So many extra favours done
Without a thought of recompense
“Of course it’s not a trouble mate
What! Me? take payment have some sense.”
“You want to pay me for the ride?
Now, look here, don’t let’s argue mate!
Enjoy your company.
Besides you opened every flaming gate!”
His cheerfulness and kindly deeds,
Are held within our memory
And sadly missed by all of us,
Is our good mate “Bub” Emery.
(These inadequate but sincere lines require no signature. They are meant to express the thoughts of many people who knew and respected the late Mr. Emery. and especially those people along his mail run, who have reason to be grateful for his kindness and cheery good – will.)
For other great stories on Cunnamulla History;
Albion’s Warrego Sawmill Cunnamulla
Cunnamulla Beer Brewer In History of Australian Beer
Thargomindah, Noccundra onto Cunnamulla by Joyce Margaret Cowie
Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018
Cunnamulla Accommodation Live Australia’s Story with Tristan Evert
Top Cunnamulla Accommodation for Cunnamulla Fella Festival
American Twitchers do Cunnamulla in search of Raptors
Cunnamulla Road Trip Down Memory Lane With John Hill
As bike riders from the Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike ride 2018 post a photo of them in the Noccundra Hotel it reminded me of a little more history and thought I would share from a good old mate of my Grandmothers, my mothers and mine who is no longer with us.
Joyce Margaret Cowie (nee Crouch) was born on December 19, 1912 in Thargomindah with the help of a midwife and was one of ten children of William and Lena Crouch. Her brother, Barney and sister, Kelly (who married a Teelow) were born in the hotel in Eulo that William & Lena Crouch owned at the time, before buying the Noccundra Hotel.
William & Lena Crouch Noccundra Hotel
When the family moved to Noccundra Molly was born in the Noccundra Hotel, then Bill, Harry, Alf, Mavis and Ned were all born at Noccundra in the cottage near the hotel. Read More