More family, friends and events in my life in my early years
The COLQUHOUN side of my family
My grandfather, Robert Colquhoun.
Pop was a great old man. He was a happy, friendly, easy going, wonderful man. He would do anything for you.
As you see him is as he was. Pop was a hard worker. He came to Australia from Scotland in 1912. His parents worked at the Taabinga Homestead.
Pop worked a lot of his life as a truck driver for a company called Luya Julius. When I was aware of his work, he was carrying goods from the railhead at Yarraman to Kingaroy, then delivering them around Kingaroy.
He used to sing songs like, "You Take the High Road", "Roamin in the Gloamin" and "Danny Boy".
When I was young, he taught me to say, "It's a brau bricht moonlit nicht tonict, but it's alright ye ken" or similar spelling.
(Since I wrote this, I tracked down what it was he was singing and the titles of the songs. I wasn't far out with the spelling.)
Below are three of the songs from this site - Traditional Scottish Songs - Index
Wee Deoch an Doris
Just a wee deoch an doris, just a wee drop, that's all.
Just a wee deoch an doris afore ye gang awa.
There's a wee wifie waitin' in a wee but an ben.
If you can say, "It's a braw bricht moonlicht nicht",
Then yer a'richt, ye ken.
deoch an doris=Gaelic for a drink at the door, a last (?) farewell drink
but and ben=a two-roomed cottage
Pop died of complications from a stroke in 1975. He had been having problems with bladder cancer at the time of the stroke.
He was 74.
The photo above was taken in his backyard in about 1965 - 66. He was with my Grandmother until he died.
My grandmother, Myrtle May Haley Colquhoun.
The photo below of my grandmother and my Aunty Fay must have been taken on the same day as the one above of Pop.
My grandmother was born in 1910. Her maiden name was Myrtle May Haley Barkle.
She was born in the year Halley's Comet came across our part of the universe.
She worked for many years at the Kingaroy Peanut Silos.
She loved betting on the horses and her winnings paid for many holidays. She never gave up thinking that she would win "big money" sometime and pay for new carpet or a lounge.
I was her pet and spent a lot of time with her. She helped me through my first marriage break up.
She was 84 when she died.
She accidentally did something silly and strained her heart. She was a healthy woman otherwise.
Fay, my father's sister, married John Colhoun.
A COLQUHOUN married a COLHOUN. They live in Hervey Bay.
Fay and John had 4 boys - Robert, Greg, Barry and Scott.
Dad has another sibling, a brother, Barry.
Barry married Jill Woods from Wooroolin, Queensland. Barry and Jill have two children, Diana and Lisa.
In the photo below is, from left to right, my brother Russell, my cousin Greg Colhoun, and his hand
is on a neighbour of the time, Peter Coombes. Next to Greg is his brother,
another of my cousins, Barry, and in front of Barry is another cousin,
Greg, was living in Gladstone and engaged to be married in about 1974 - 75 and while travelling from Gladstone to Rockhampton for a football match was killed along with three of his mates. A bus travelling in the other direction ran over the top of them after the car in which they were travelling, blew a tyre on the drivers side, after hitting a large hole in the highway.
Barry, was last heard of living in Newcastle, NSW.
Scott, is living in Hervey Bay with his wife Erja and boys, Cameron, Shane and Zachary. I last saw Scott in 1998.
Not shown on this page is Robert, my other cousin from the Colhoun family. He lives near Gladstone with his second wife Leonie and two daughters, Cherie and Chantelle.
The photo below would be of the same vintage as the photos above, 1966 - 67.
My sister Karen is living in Toowoomba, Queensland with her husband
They had 3 children. Scott, Tony and Ashley.
(10/05/2008 - UPDATE: Karen, Neil and Scott now live in Denman, New South Wales and Tony is married to Theresa, expecting a baby and lives in Brisbane)
My brother Russell is now living in Gladstone, Queensland with his wife Janelle, and his 2 children, Andrew and Michelle.
The last time I saw Peter Coombes was in 1974. He moved to Southport and I have lost contact with him.
Last Updated : 27/03/2009 01:12 PM +1000