Grandad was a Gowycus
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.