Bill Mackay’s proud past

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

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

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