Ian Bourchier, Caretaker at St Andrew’s Chapel
My father, who was in the First World War, took up a Soldiers Settlement Block on Tuppal Station, near Tocumwal on the Murray River, where I lived for 25 years. High School was at The Scots School Albury. There were no school buses in those days. When I first left school, I drove Clydesdale horses each Autumn for 12 years, laying out irrigation. It was a great life I really enjoyed. I did National Service in the Army from 1952 to 1954. The Korean War was on at this time. If you passed the medical, you had to go. I was Secretary for 1600 farms in the Berrigan area for a number of years, on the Executive Irrigators Central Council.
For 10 years, I was Promotion Media and Public Relations Officer for the whole of Australia, serving on the National Board. At this time, over 500 trainees were coming to Australia, for seven to nine months, to work on farms. We Zoo had from placements Norway and come Sweden, to Dubbo mostly youngsters their home countries. that worked at zoos back in I did two overseas trips for the International Agriculture Exchange. I chaired a working group at a World Conference at Vings ted in Denmark. It was a week-long conference held in the Danish Olympic Training Village, with delegates from 16 countries. It was in February 1985 with a lot of snow outside. My wife Joyce was also able to attend and it was a week we will never forget.
Joyce and I hosted 25 trainees over a period of about 30 years from quite a few countries. We had a property, “Torrington” near Cowra, which had a very big homestead and garden, and it was a really ideal place to host overseas trainees. I have been mowing lawns for Uniting Church and current owners Paul and Barbara Carter for over 10 years. I currently recite some poetry at the Seniors Luncheon, Wesley Hall and also at Kintyre Living.