Biggenden man’s zest for life
Family inspired by Colin Barnard’s achievements
COL Barnard’s life could be described in one sentence – he never shied away from hard work.
Colin Bacchi Barnard died at the Biggenden MPHS on December 21, 2016. He was 94 years old.
Col was born on January 30, 1922 at the Hillcrest Hospital, Rockhampton to Ernest Dawson and Beatrice Enrietta Marguerita Barnard of ‘Cooroorah’, Blackwater.
Four years later the family moved from Blackwater to ‘Berkdale’, Biggenden where his father started a friesian cattle stud.
In 1933 the family moved to ‘Yarralah’ at the Bismuth mines to continue dairying.
Col started school at the Biggenden Mines School and when it closed in 1928 he, with siblings Tom and Peggy walked 11 miles to and from Biggenden State School each day.
Col left school at the age of 14 and went to work at Monsour’s grocery store, earning 12 shillings and 6 pence a week.
His interest in horses grew and he worked with his friend Len Gaston breaking in horses around the district.
Col also enjoyed playing tennis at weekends and this is where he met his future bride to be, Enid Parry from Mt Shamrock.
They married on August 7, 1943 at the Presbyterian Church at Biggenden.
They settled in the family home and ran the farm and then in 1950, Colin and Enid decided to go into share dairy farming on the Boyne River at Mundubbera.
Col and Enid had three children – Rodney, Parry and Kay (who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1969).
In 1953 Col and the family moved to a share farm at Mt Harvey, near Coalstoun Lakes.
Then in 1955 Col won the tender to lease the Maryborough Cooperative Association piggery at Biggenden. This involved receiving buttermilk for more than 200 pigs.
When the dairy factory closed in the 1970s Col brought the property, renaming it ‘MtWalsh’ and moved into bulk milk production.
This continued until 1994 before the herd was sold. Col then bred and ran santa gertrudis cattle.
Col only had a few cars during his driving years, beginning with a soft-top Rugby, then aWolsey and a Holden station wagon.
In 1978 he purchased a Holden Kingswood SL with leather seats and it remains driveable to this day.
Col loved his dogs including his last faithful companion, Pup, who he had for 14 years. The duo shared many a milk arrowroot biscuit when Col was living alone after Enid’s passing.
In 2007 Col was named the Biggenden Shire Council Citizen of the Year.
He was recognised for his commitment over many years to the Biggenden Show Society, the church, the dairy industry, Biggenden Rose Festival, the Degilbo Races and Rural Fire Brigade.
The family were blessed and deeply thankful by a number of organisations that assisted in Col’s care in his latter years. They included the Biggenden Lions Community Aged Care and the Biggenden Hospital and its staff of the aged care wing during the past four years.
The family will always remember the chats about those activities and wonder how they got a ‘grumpy’ Col to be engaged in these morning activities.
The family can be inspired by what Col achieved during his 94 years and know that along the way his good attributes and qualities rubbed off onto people around him.
The family prays that Colin is at peace and finally reunited with his sweetheart Enid, and also to hold his beloved daughter Kay.
The family will always remember the chats about those activities and wonder how they got a ‘grumpy’ Col to be engaged in these morning activities. . — Col’s son Parry Barnard
LIFE MEMBERSHIP: Col Barnard was acknowledged for his work over many years with life membership of the Biggenden Show Society.
Col Barnard with sons Rodney and Parry gets set to tuck into one of his favoured lemon meringue pies.
Col Barnard loved joining in with the morning activities at the Biggenden MPHS and even won prizes for his art