Well loved Hornsby res­i­dent Hed­ley Somerville, died on Oc­to­ber 15, aged 81

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To many, he will be best known for run­ning Somerville’s Pro­duce Store, which was first es­tab­lished by his grand­fa­ther James in 1902. It was passed down through the fam­ily un­til it fi­nally closed in 1988 upon Hed­ley’s re­tire­ment. Hed­ley’s most last­ing con­tri­bu­tion will al­ways be the two books he wrote, A Taste of Gin­ger and A Bit More Gin­ger. His orig­i­nal in­ten­tion was to write the story of his fam­ily and the pro­duce store, but these were so in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to Hornsby’s his­tory that the books be­came much broader in fo­cus and give one of the best ac­counts of our com­mu­nity’s growth and de­vel­op­ment. Those ti­tles for the books were cho­sen be­cause Hed­ley’s fa­ther Char­les was a boyhood friend of Jimmy Bancks, who is renowned for cre­at­ing the iconic Gin­ger Meggs car­toons. It is widely ac­cepted that the char­ac­ter of Gin­ger Meggs was based on Char­les Somerville.

The Hornsby Shire also re­mem­bers Char­les as a for­mer pres­i­dent and the longest serv­ing mem­ber of Coun­cil. There is a quote from Hed­ley that is well worth re­mem­ber­ing, par­tic­u­larly as our com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to move for­ward and it takes grow­ing ef­fort to main­tain our links to our rich his­tory: “Don’t let the past dic­tate who you are, but make sure it re­mains part of who you be­come.” Hed­ley Somerville was an im­pres­sive man, who will be greatly missed and fondly re­mem­bered.

Coun­cil ac­knowl­edged the ser­vice Headley gave to our com­mu­nity in a Mayor minute at the 14th Novem­ber Coun­cil meet­ing.

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