Don & Liz Grimes

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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