Grandad was a Gowycus

Isis Town and Country - - News - By PETRA DE JONG Booyal

BOOYAL Cen­tral State School stu­dents moved their chairs and ta­bles aside to wel­come John and Joy Sherrington from the Gold Coast last Thurs­day.

John told the stu­dents he typed up 1200 hand­writ­ten sheets from his fa­ther's au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, “Grandad was a Gowycus”.

The late Dou­glas Sherrington was among the first stu­dents to at­tend Booyal Cen­tral State School in the early 1920s.

The story of grandad fat­ten­ing a pig and not hav­ing a ve­hi­cle to trans­port it to the butcher, spoke to the chil­dren's imag­i­na­tion.

The pig was led down the dirt road on a rope for sev­eral kilo­me­tres when it sat down and wouldn't move.

Dou­glas' sis­ter Anna walked ahead with a cob of corn tied to a piece of string on a stick.

The whole ex­er­cise didn't pay off, as the butcher only paid $10; the same amount Dun­can had paid for it!

An­other story in­volved avi­a­tion pi­o­neer Bert Hin­kler when he made a stopover close to the school. Dou­glas noted chil­dren ran over to see him and the plane in the pad­dock.

John Sherrington do­nated the book to the school, and the chil­dren went home with a dig­i­tal copy.

Prin­ci­pal Dawn Dolin­ski said she would read from the book in class and she in­vited the Sher­ring­tons back to Booyal for the school's cen­te­nary in Novem­ber 2016.

The book is on loan from the school li­brary.

A “gowycus” is a crea­ture that Dun­can Sherrington made up to scare his 10 chil­dren.

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