Gunning News | June 15

KEEPING THEM SAFE

Community volunteers from Gunning Fish/River RFB and Lions Club of Gunning ran the June long weekend Driver Reviver facilities at Mundoonen rest areas. 

The drinks, bikkies, sausage sandwiches and cheerful welcome given to travellers are warmly appreciated. Community volunteers really enjoy their shifts, meeting a kaleidoscope of humanity.

Three year-old Takira Taylor from Wollongong got much of her free Milo over her face as she cuddled her pet Central Bearded Dragon. A gent from Sydney was heading for his 45th family June long weekend at Burrunjuck, now needing seven cabins! 

But there are problems. Changes are needed to replace the SES as organisers of food and storage of equipment.

Organisations involved will be meeting next Monday to thrash out some solutions. If you have some ideas or would like to know more please contact either Liz Read (RFB) or Margaret McPherson (Lions).

Three year-old Takira Taylor of Wollongong and her pet Central Bearded dragon enjoyed some hospitality at the Mundoonen Driver/Reviver stop over the June long weekend.

Three year-old Takira Taylor of Wollongong and her pet Central Bearded dragon enjoyed some hospitality at the Mundoonen Driver/Reviver stop over the June long weekend.

FANTASTIC FUNDRAISERS

Gunning and Dalton people have excelled themselves once again raising almost $1400 for the Cancer Council through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. 

A further fundraiser in support of Camp Quality for Kids with Cancer is being organised by the ever enthusiastic Leah Ross, at the Foley Centre this Saturday, June 17 at  2pm (0439 734 641 or leah.ross79@gmail.com).

BOER WAR CONNECTION

Henry Albert Best was born at “Albert Vale” (now “Boureong”), Gunning. His son John Best believes he enlisted for the Boer War from here. Henry Best was a Lance Sergeant with the NSW Imperial Bushmen and later served with the 1st Light Horse Regiment during WWI.

John Best is one of 100 direct descendants of those who fought in the Boer War who were invited to the official opening of the Boer War Memorial on May 31 by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove. About 1200 people attended.  

REMEMBERED: At the official opening of the Boer War Memorial were Michael Best, John Best and Paul Best. John Best represented his father, Gunning-born Henry Best.

REMEMBERED: At the official opening of the Boer War Memorial were Michael Best, John Best and Paul Best. John Best represented his father, Gunning-born Henry Best.

Denis Joseph Murray of Oolong also served in the Boer War, dying of typhoid on January 10, 1901. 

The family of Henry Albert Best, now living around Grenfell, is trying to find his medals and more about his time in Gunning. If you can help, please contact his granddaughter Ann Best 0423 532 444 or oakleigh3819@gmail.com.

SIGNIFICANT: Australia's first national Boer War Memorial was dedicated in Canberra on May 31.

SIGNIFICANT: Australia's first national Boer War Memorial was dedicated in Canberra on May 31.

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