Remembering a young adventurer
What makes a good friend?
gives me a cuddle
What do you want to be when you grow up?
teacher because it makes kids do learning
What are you really good at and why?
my hat on Putting
What do you want for your next birthday?
had my two birthdays
Bunnings, it has little trollies
Favourite place to go?
Naughtiest thing you’ve done?
How old is a grown up?
birthday 13. Mummy just had her
What is the best thing about being a kid?
Going in the shower
Happiest memory? Favourite thing to do and why?
Giving Mummy cuddles Play with toys because cars can drive
Nicest thing you’ve done for someone?
What makes you laugh?
When someone I already
I screamed at When Poppy does silly Sometimes I do jokes at my sister. Peek-a-boo.
Hug A “HE was one of the good ones” was how Mitchell Whale’s agriculture teacher Rob Dimmick described the 14-year-old from Wellington.
Tragically killed in an accident in late August, Mitchell was fondly remembered by all who knew him in a large memorial service at Wellington Civic Centre on September 11.
“It was standing room only,” Mr Dimmick said. “To have a thousand people there spoke a thousand words.”
Mitchell was a very well-liked member of the Wellington High School community, where he was in Year 9.
“He was well-liked, well-respected too,” Mr Dimmick said.
One of Mitchell’s biggest passions was showing cattle and he was able to attend both the Sydney and Melbourne Royal Shows as part of the high school team.
“He was part of the show team for the past two years,” Mr Dimmick said.
“He took to showing like he was a natural and took any opportunity he was given in that field. Even at his first show, he won prizes and he was given a lot of respect in the industry and in the school. He was also willing to work hard to do what he needed to do for the team. He was certainly a team player.”
It’s a sentiment that was echoed by Mitchell’s Year 6 teacher Allan Jones from St Mary’s Catholic School in Wellington.
“He was the kid who would do the things that you needed to be done,” he said.
Mr Jones described Mitchell as “humble, caring and a great kid”. “He had a great nature.
“He also had leadership qualities and was our primary captain in Year 6 as well as a Kindergarten buddy. “He cared for our little ones. “He also loved the outdoors and loved the land.”
Mr Dimmick agreed.
“He loved anything to do with animals and anything to do with farming. He was a typical farm kid and happy doing farm stuff.”
Mitchell’s parents Mathew and Kylie said that Mitchell was also into a lot of sports including soccer, rugby, athletics, go-carting and water-skiing.
“He was always an outdoor boy,” Mrs Whale said. “He was also a person that couldn’t sit still.
“He was never inside,” Mr Whale added.
The family fondly remember camping trips to Cape York and the Simpson Desert in 2014 and 2017 respectively.
On those trips, Mitchell and younger brother Cameron, now 12, spent a
Whale, left, was tragically killed in an accident in late August. He's pictured with his mum and dad and younger brother
lot of time exploring – from the sand dunes to beach fishing.
“Mitchell was a very adventurous boy. He was also a great joke-teller around the fire at night.”
Mr Whale said Mitchell was a very good helper on the family farm at Glenroy, Gollan, where he did lots of jobs.
“We have a fat lamb and cattle farm, he loved helping on the farm.