Kyabram Free Press

Alan knew everything Nanneella

- By Gus Underwood

An ‘encycloped­ia’ on Nanneella has been lost with the passing on August 29 of Alan Smith, a week after he turned 101.

Alan Smith was born in Kyabram in 1921 and spent his working life on a Nanneella dairy farm, taking over the farm from his English parents until he retired to Moama 40 years ago.

He played cricket and football with Nanneella and survived a lightning strike with his father in the cow shed that killed cows and melted machinery. They were both knocked unconsciou­s but lived to tell the tale.

Among Alan’s life highlights were getting a ride with legendary aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith in his famous Southern Cross plane at the Echuca airport in 1932 as a 12-year-old, meeting then Prime Minister Bob Hawke, watching Don Bradman make a rare duck, winning a $10,000 jackpot on the pokies two years ago and a car in a competitio­n at the Rich River Golf Club in 1997.

But proving a doctor wrong when he had a heart attack when he was 92 and was given six months to live probably topped all those lifetime highlights due to Alan’s passion for life.

Married in 1942 in Rochester, Alan and his wife, Hazel, had two children, Judy Collier, who is now 74, and her older brother, Wayne, who died when he was 55.

Alan never lost his passion for Nanneella and was on its heritage committee until recently.

Alan was a passionate Demons supporter all his life and would no doubt have loved to have seen Melbourne’s march to the AFL grand final.

 ?? Photo: Cath Grey ?? Marking a century: Alan Smith celebratin­g his 100th birthday at Moama RSL.
Photo: Cath Grey Marking a century: Alan Smith celebratin­g his 100th birthday at Moama RSL.

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