Bluey Bourke re­mem­bered at Beech­worth Bowls Club

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DE­SCEN­DANTS of Beech­worth’s Mur­ray Charles Bourke – who was known as ‘Bluey’ – gath­ered at Beech­worth Bowl­ing Club as part of a fam­ily re­u­nion last week­end.

Daugh­ter Fran Brown, from Shep­par­ton – one of 11 sib­lings and one of eight who at­tended – said her fa­ther who had been a vi­cepres­i­dent and a life-long mem­ber of the club.

He would have been 100 years old in June this year.

“He was in the sec­ond re-en­act­ment for the Bar­rowthon in the early 1960s too,” Ms Brown said.

In one of Aus­tralia’s unusual but great sport­ing chal­lenges of the 1930s, Beech­worth publi­can Sid Evans wa­gered lo­cal me­chanic Tom Parkin­son £20 to push him in a wheel­bar­row to the Mount Buf­falo chalet.

Two years ago the Bar­rowthon be­came an an­nual two-day char­ity fundrais­ing event.

Ms Brown said that of the 140 Bourke de- scen­dants, 71 had been able to make the re­u­nion which is held ev­ery two to three years.

Fam­ily mem­bers who came from Beech­worth, Nathalia, Shep­par­ton, Be­nalla, Cran­bourne, Wan­garatta and Ip­swich in Queens­land and en­joyed a bowl­ing game at the club.

Mr Bourke’s wife, Mar­garet, would have been 95 in Fe­bru­ary this year.

The cou­ple is buried in Beech­worth ceme­tery.

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