Biggen­den man’s zest for life

Fam­ily in­spired by Colin Barnard’s achieve­ments

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Erica Murree

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

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

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

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