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Ray Flanagan, Leigh Davidson, Carol Perry & JJ Bruce’s Stories

Ray Flanagan, Leigh Davidson, Carol Perry & JJ Bruce’s Stories

By on Jul 1, 2013 in Dharmananda | 0 comments

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Back to the early days

Leigh: Well the place had changed hands three or four times in the four years since 1968, so ‘God someone’s silly enough to buy that place.’

Carol: Yeah, they went laughing to the bank.

Ray: Yeah.

Carol: Old Bob just said this land’s for sale, and said ‘you might be interested’. Cause he was on the side of the road and we said ‘do you know any land’? We were just looking.

Ray: Mmm. The banana plantation up on the south here, it wasn’t Murphy was it, some name like that I think?

Carol: No, you remember a lot more of those details than I do.

Leigh: That’s the Top Setaria one?

Ray: Yeah.

Carol: I love hearing that we’ve all got different memories. There was a one legged man across the road too. Do you remember that?

Ray: In the area? Yeah, yeah there were rumours about him. For years.

Carol: Every time we found one sandshoe we used to keep it [all laugh].

Leigh: That was a rumour was it?

Carol: Oh no it was true.

Ray: Apparently he…

Carol: He did live there. Yeah.

JJ: I was walking around and at Kookaburra, a community across the road, one of the boys who’d grown up there, one of my friends, he showed me where that fella lived.

Ray: Oh yeah?

JJ: He said the man with one leg lived here.

Ray: Oh right.

Carol: He had a gun he used to shoot. He lived off wildlife. And occasional raids on the Luxton’s fridge [all laugh].

JJ: And he got some sort of infection in his stump and died in town, got taken to town and died just from the exposure to hospital I think he was a long-time hermit. So getting in amongst a lot of people in the hospital killed him.

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