Bill Mackay’s proud past
Not many WWII war veterans are left, but Mossman is still home to one, Hugh (Bill) Mackay, and he shared some stories with
wasn’t going to cop that after living away for years, so I got a job at the Mill.”
Bill worked as an assistant store keeper and timekeeper for five years then joined his father at the butchery where they also sold bread and ice.
In the meantime Bill met up with a former acquaintance, Alice Bright from Townsville.
“I had met her when I was down in Townsville before the war – she had been engaged to a mate,” Bill said, “but he ended up marrying a Scottish girl so I ended up marrying Alice.”
After marrying in 1947, Bill and Alice settled in Mossman and had two children, Douglas and Glenda. By the ’60s Bill was ready for a change of jobs.
He took a position with Arthur Murphy’s retail shop, working with Grace Williamson in sales, bookkeeping and stores.
Next he worked for CREB power company until his retirement in 1982.
When time allowed and after retirement, Bill and Alice loved to travel and took plane, train and bus trips to most parts of Australia and New Zealand. He has hundreds of souvenir spoons displayed on his walls as proof.
Bill Mackay today with his French Legion of Honour medal and (inset) in uniform