‘Moderation the key’
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.
FAMILY MAN: Neville Morris always finds time for his family.