Joondalup Weekender - - News -

THEY came from far and trou­bled lands, Some brought their skills, most used their hands, They tack­led jobs they’d never done be­fore They worked in bush, with heat, dust and flies galore They’ve dug for coal, and drilled for oil, They cleared the land, soul break­ing toil, They panned for gold un­der a blaz­ing sun, And yearned for a beer when day was done. They fought in wars, sur­vived de­pres­sions, They had to make do with few pos­ses­sions They be­came in­ven­tors, masters of im­pro­vi­sa­tion To help make this land, a great Aus­tralian na­tion Of­ten called and looked upon as “Old Has-Beens” by loud mouths Who’ve only ever had dreams, They had their dreams too, of power and wealth, But just bat­tled on in of­ten fail­ing health. They’ve had the highs, the lows, the laugh­ter, the tears, All are now well into the twi­light of their years, Through droughts and floods, most have seen it all, Will the next gen­er­a­tion of oldies stand as tall? BILL DAKING, Kingsley

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