‘Moder­a­tion the key’

Central and North Burnett Times - - HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE... 50+ -

NEVILLE Mor­ris en­tered the world in Novem­ber 1951 as the youngest of eight in a fam­ily of six boys and two girls. His ear­li­est mem­o­ries were on the fam­ily farm at Vent­noor, which­was a mixed-farm­ing op­er­a­tion.

Be­ing part of a large fam­ily taught young Neville the virtues of pa­tience and shar­ing. Neville went to school at Vent­noor for two years be­fore the school closed. He then moved to Monto State School.

His went to school by truck which had a canopy on the back. Thank­fully, he later was able to take a bus.

An early mem­ory, con­trast­ing with to­day’s high-tech world, was the ex­cit­ing in­stal­la­tion of elec­tric­ity to the Mor­ris house in the early 1950s.

“I re­mem­ber Dad pulled the power lines into place with draft horses,” Mr Mor­ris said.

An­other mem­ory was the lack of a tele­vi­sion in Neville’s early years, un­like the present time of multi-me­dia and in­stant in­for­ma­tion.

“Frank Gan­der the fur­ni­ture store owner would test prop­er­ties for tele­vi­sion sig­nal,” he said.

“I was born into a world of no tele­vi­sion then sud­denly it ap­peared.”

Mr Mor­ris grad­u­ated to Monto State High School where only A Block was stand­ing. Man­ual arts and home eco­nom­ics were taught at the pri­mary school. B Block was built in his sec­ond year at the school.

Af­ter school, young Neville landed a job at Food­lands su­per­mar­ket in Monto, next door to the Grand Ho­tel. Work­ing un­der Eu­gene and Glady El­ford, Neville did nearly ev­ery job that had to be done.

“I was the de­liv­ery boy,” he said.

“I was the jack of all trades, what­ever needed to be done I was there.”

But it was a time to serve the coun­try and Neville was called up for mil­i­tary ser­vice in Viet­nam. He was re­jected as un­fit so it was not long af­ter that Neville got back into civil­ian life. He got a job with the Port Cur­tis Dairy As­so­ci­a­tion at the old but­ter fac­tory in Monto.

Start­ing in 1972 as a labourer, he then moved up to pas­teuris­ing op­er­a­tor and re­mained in the job for nine years.

Neville started a fam­ily of his own af­ter mar­ry­ing in 1977. A daugh­ter was born in 1979 and a son in 1981.

Now work­ing with North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil, Neville says he is happy with life and en- joys time with his fam­ily, par­tic­u­larly his grand­chil­dren.

He has a sim­ple mes­sage for longevity – take ev­ery­thing in moder­a­tion, take life as it comes.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

FAM­ILY MAN: Neville Mor­ris al­ways finds time for his fam­ily.

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