John gives his time to the past

Vice-pres­i­dent en­joys restor­ing his­tory

Gatton Star - - LIFE COMMUNITY -

Name: John Bar­well


Re­tired but I vol­un­teer more than 25 hours per week at the Pi­o­neer Vil­lage and en­joy short trips away in the car­a­van.

Age: Some­what more than 60.

Mar­i­tal Sta­tus: Fa­ther to my daugh­ter.

What have you en­joyed most about the Pi­o­neer Vil­lage?

The restora­tion work on ma­chin­ery and show­ing vis­i­tors what the old times were all about.

Why did you de­cide to get in­volved with the vil­lage?

I was brought up from a child with old ma­chin­ery oper­a­tion and re­pairs on the fam­ily farm. What is your great­est ac­com­plish­ment in life?

Sur­viv­ing into se­nior years.

What’s the best ad­vice you’ve ever re­ceived?

Save your money – my mother said.

What is the one thing you would like to change in the world?

I would like to see the last of the bad peo­ple from all walks of life.

Notwith­stand­ing the num­ber, how old do you feel and why?

I feel around 30 or so as there were some good things go­ing on then.

What is your favourite hobby or re­cre­ation, and why?

I like the peace of the bush – so any out­door ac­tiv­ity.

What is your hap­pi­est child­hood mem­ory?

I caught a cat­fish weigh­ing 2kg when I was about 8yo.

Favourite place to visit in the dis­trict?

That’s easy! The Pi­o­neer Vil­lage.

What would you do if you won the Lotto?

Help a lot of peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions out there i.e. The Fly­ing Doc­tor.

Who are the peo­ple you most ad­mire – dead or liv­ing?

My grand­par­ents – they were brought up in hard times and they bat­tled through. Some of their tenac­ity has rubbed off onto me. I am proud of this.


GIV­ING UP TIME: Lai­d­ley Pi­o­neer Vil­lage and Mu­seum vice-pres­i­dent John Bar­well (left) vol­un­teers mote than 25 hours a week at the vil­lage, and loves the restora­tion work.

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