Bluey Bourke remembered at Beechworth Bowls Club
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.