Don & Liz Grimes
What do you do? We’re well and truly retired. I play golf and my son’s got an olive grove up the Buckland so I spend a bit of time out there doing different things.
Another of our sons has a couple of holiday houses so I do some odd jobs with that. Liz plays croquet and is involved with the women’s group at the Catholic Church.
I believe you have quite a big family?
Yes, we have 11 children, 36 grandchildren and six great grandchildren with another one on the way.
We came out from England in 1955 as 10 pound poms, that’s how much it cost us.
I can’t remember who the Prime Minister was at the time but they said come here and populate Australia … we did our best.
I believe two of your grandsons have played AFL? Did you ever play?
Yes, Jack and Dylan Grimes. Dylan plays at Richmond and Jack was at Melbourne but retired last year.
We also have a granddaughter in England who plays in the Ladies Premier League with Derby County. She’s out injured at the moment. I never played football after coming here but played soccer in Mt Beauty. When did you come to Bright? We came here in 1976, the youngest of our 11 children was born here. We started the Bright Amusement Park and ran that for about 12 years.
We first came to the area in 1956 to Mt Beauty.
I was in charge of the West Kiewa Power Station for four or five years then we went back to Melbourne.
When we had the chance to go somewhere else we thought this was the best place in the world to be.
What else do you enjoy in your spare time?
I enjoy gardening, I grown things out at the olive grove and Liz makes a lot of jams and preserves with what I bring back.
Liz does a lot of knitting and sewing, the family bring all their clothes that need mending.
We also have a lot of visitors so we spend a lot of time entertaining.
With such a big family we’ll have five one weekend, three the next, even our children’s friends come and stay.