Things you didn’t know about Fred and Bev

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

GUEST Speaker at the Probus Novem­ber meet­ing was Fred Jung­wirth – ‘Tak­ing life’s side roads’ and ‘Things you didn’t know about Fred and Bev’.

At the be­gin­ning of the talk, Fred dis­played a quote on an over­head “Still around the cor­ner there may wait, a new road or a se­cret gate.” - JRR Tolkien

The talk was a brief life span of 78 years.

Bev and Fred never just fol­lowed the nar­row path. Euroa per­haps is a con­tin­u­a­tion of their jour­ney, where they have lived now for 13 years, Fred said, “grow­ing up go­ing with the flow”.

Fred was born in Mel­bourne, lived in Mur­rum­beena with his fam­ily and at­tended the local pri­mary school in 1946.

The Baby Boom started be­fore 1946.

There were 1100 kids in the pri­mary school, 48- 50 kids in class­rooms.

They were the good old days, walked to and from school, it was safe.

There wasn’t a lot of money com­ing in.

His par­ents saved hard and Fred got a bike he wanted, then he was able to de­liver 150 pa­pers in the early sum­mer morn­ings and win­ter when it was dark out­side.

Fred said he wasn’t that good aca­dem­i­cally with pri­mary school sub­jects.

He was in­tro­duced to team sports and his team won the Victorian Pri­mary Schools Foot­ball. He en­joyed sports and joined the local un­der 16s cricket team with his mate, when they were only 11 years old.

Fred was a slow bowler and was asked to play on Satur­days, play­ing on a bi­tu­men track with mat­ting on the top.

He took five wick­ets in his first game.

He couldn’t join the un­der 16s foot­ball team as he was un­der weight, so he played hockey for two years and when he was nearly 16 years old he played with the local foot­ball team.

They won the un­der 16s pre­mier­ship.

Fred went to sec­ondary school for two years and if students achieved good school re­sults they had the ad­van­tage of get­ting into Mel­bourne or Dan­de­nong high schools, or if not, the tech­ni­cal school.

By some chance of fate, he spent six years at Mel­bourne High School.

He played with a cou­ple of well­known crick­eters, one was Bob Couper who played for the Aus­tralian cricket team.

Then he went onto teacher train­ing at Bur­wood Teach­ers’ Col­lege, earn­ing £50 a year which was sub­sidised by the gov­ern­ment.

At this time he met a very at­trac­tive young lady, Bev, when the col­lege put on a play nearby.

Fred of­fered to help with the sound ef­fects.

Bev’s sound ef­fect was to clap two pieces of pa­per to­gether.

Nat­u­rally he asked Bev to go to the ‘Af­ter Party’.

This was the start of a lovely jour­ney to­gether.

When Fred fin­ished teach­ers’ col­lege he was given a map of Vic­to­ria, to se­lect the school where he may like to teach.

Bev’s fam­ily lived in Foster, so Fred put down South Gipp­s­land; he was al­lo­cated the Wim­mera.

Then he got teach­ing post near War­rackn­abeal where he worked in a one-teacher school with 14 kids in the class­room.

Ev­ery sec­ond week, local par­ents took Fred to the near­est town to do the school’s bank­ing.

He was of­fered a house and two rooms to batch in, with no elec­tric­ity.

He had no car so he couldn’t do a lot.

A friend lived and worked nearby and he saved for a lit­tle car.

They trav­elled around to­gether and played foot­ball, for North Cen­tral League in Vic­to­ria and won the pre­mier­ship three times while Fred was there.

He ob­tained a per­ma­nent po­si­tion at Leon­gatha North where there were around 24 kids.

He was there for four years and con­tin­ued to play foot­ball and cricket.

In 1963, Bev and Fred were mar­ried, in 1964 their first child ar­rived and their sec­ond in 1965.

At this time re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion of a half hour per week was avail­able, and con­ducted by the local min­is­ter.

He said to Fred, there was a need for a Sun­day school teacher and he was of­fered this po­si­tion.

In the fol­low­ing year he be­came the Su­per­in­ten­dent of Sun­day School, af­ter a time was asked to be a youth group leader and other things hap­pened.

Church mag­a­zines were ad­ver­tis­ing for teach­ers in the New He­brides.

Fred and Bev thought they would vol­un­teer for a year and af­ter a pe­riod of time, were in­ter­viewed.

Ques­tions asked at the In­ter­view were along the lines – Why do you want to go? There were also ques­tions asked about their faith.

They didn’t hear any­thing for a while.

Fred was given a pro­mo­tion as a teacher.

He de­clined the of­fer as a po­si­tion in the New He­brides, was of­fered.

It was a four-day jour­ney on a work­ing ship, stop­ping at places along the way in the South Pa­cific.

Just be­fore Fred and Bev were to take a plane to their new post­ing, there was a bad plane crash and eight peo­ple were killed.

Later they trav­elled in a lit­tle Cessna with four seats for pas­sen­gers and a pi­lot.

In the back were chick­ens, and veg­eta­bles.

Fred was lo­cated at Tanna as a district ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer.

Tanna has an ac­tive vol­cano on it, on the op­po­site side from where they lived.

It is sup­posed to be the most ac­ces­si­ble vol­cano in the world.

Is­lan­ders thought mis­sion­ar­ies weren’t giv­ing them what they wanted - tele­vi­sion and the like.

They staged a mass walk­out at church led by a group called ‘The Cargo Cult’.

Dur­ing his talk, Fred showed a va­ri­ety of old pho­to­graphs on a screen, one showed a photo of tourists on Mys­tery Is­land, stand­ing in a Can­ni­bal Soup Pot. Planes landed on a sand strip. On one oc­ca­sion the nose cone snapped off.

Fred and Bev had to stay ex­tra days wait­ing for an­other plane.

Fred worked in Tanna for four years, and their son was born there. It was a res­i­den­tial high school. Class stud­ies were in the morn­ings and the af­ter­noons were spent plant­ing crops to sup­ply school with veg­eta­bles.

There was time off to go swim­ming in af­ter­noons for the students.

While there a gov­ern­ment po­si­tion was of­fered for a teach­ing cou­ple and so Bev and Fred spent three years in Port Vila, the Cap­i­tal of New He­brides, their first po­si­tion.

The Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment paid more than the church.

A great ex­pe­ri­ence for Fred, Bev and their kids.

An­nual leave was given to come back to Aus­tralia for 6-8 weeks via New Zealand if they wished.

When they left Port Vila, they went and worked at the Eltham Col­lege which was an In­de­pen­dent, Co-Ed.

School, the idea was con­ceived in 1973.

It fos­tered the tal­ents of students, and chal­lenged them to do more cre­atively, in the arts and mu­sic. Good teach­ing and in­no­va­tive. Fred and Bev lived at War­randyte on a large block of land, with a walk down to the Yarra River.

It was a good move for their chil­dren.

In 1997 Fred re­tired from teach­ing and worked for his brother for a time.

Then the church asked if Fred would be sec­re­tary of the pres­bytery (non-pay­ing work).

The sug­ges­tion was made for him to help with the Min­istry in Cor­ry­ong.

A meet­ing was ar­ranged and Bev and Fred were given a job de­scrip­tion.

They packed up to work at Cor­ry­ong for nearly four years, where they had a nice four-bed­room home and a lovely church.

Their daugh­ter was to have a baby which would have health is­sues, so they came down to talk to the peo­ple in the Euroa church and ended up be­ing here for seven years, re­tir­ing here. Fred re­tired for the sec­ond time. Mem­bers are re­minded that the next monthly Probus din­ner will be held on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 16 at 6pm at the “Seven Creeks Ho­tel” - con­tact Bernie on 5795 2867.

Our next reg­u­lar club meet­ing will be on Mon­day, Jan­uary 28 at 10am.

The guest speaker has to be con­firmed, pos­si­bly Jim Billings and his ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing in Dar­win.

We have a planned fu­ture out­ing on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 11.

This will be a visit to Ch­eryl Cros­bie at Mar­raweeny to see her Got­land sheep, her wool for spin­ning and her knit­ting and felt­ing.

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