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his life worth living by Pat Ritter

His life worth living

Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
≈ Napoleon Hill ≈

Courage, determination, independence are some of the words to describe George Burtenshaw. His passing, aged one hundred and two years and a half truly showed inspiration with such self-determination, willpower and a ‘what he wanted attitude’ combined with a deep love for his huge family.

Born in 1911 at Newport Wales at seven years old his home destroyed by bombs at the close of World War 1. His family taken. He with his sister Lou taken to a Children’s Home. Alone with only his sister, he had no knowledge where his brothers and parents were. His life in a Children’s Home proceeded until his fifteenth birthday when he applied through Church of England, Council of Empire Settlement to go to Canada. Instead he ended up in Australia.

His arrival in Australia with four shillings to begin a new life, a job with a place to live in a new country and close to the town Gympie. His work ethics proved how important his life became. Aged eighteen years old, beginning of the Great Depression, he travelled by train to Rockhampton to seek work. Unable to find work he purchased a bicycle for seven shillings and sixpence leaving him little money. Four days riding along the beach, sleeping under a sheet of canvas returned to Kia Ora to be welcomed.

George worked for his old boss when a family arrived to share farm the property. Must had been ‘love at first sight’ because this family’s daughter Eva caught George’s eye. Eva later became his wife and they celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary before she sadly passed aged ninety-six years old.

Having worked his apprecenticeship at a dairy farm he purchased a motor cycle journeyed west to find work. By 1942 World War 11 exploded across the globe. George enlisted. Before going to war he married Eva. Twelve months after leaving Australian shores for Mayala Japanese invaded Singapore. He became a Prisoner-of-War and incarcerated in Changi Prison until World War 11 ended.

He recorded a daily record in a series of war diaries. If his captors found these diaries he would have been decapitated. He concealed them in plastic and safe from the enemy. When reading this portion of the book one cannot help but wonder at the suffering and atrocities Prisoners-of-War suffered at the hands of their enemy.

After such an horrific time in his life, he returned to Australia. Eva nursed him back to health. George went on to live a life worth living.

At 10am on Thursday 13 September 2007 George attended a DEDICATION OF COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE to recognise the sacrifice and service of the members of 2/10th Australian Field Regiment 8th Division, Australian Imperial Force conducted at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra when at last he was recognised for his time as a Prisoner Of War.

George has certainly proven the words spoken by Napoleon Hill – Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. This is truly an inspirational story of survival mixed with self-determination with his life worth living.

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Tillbaroo Station by Pat Ritter

Tilbaroo Station

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Story Thus Far:

‘The Shearer’:
‘The Shearer’ is the first book in this series. Set in 1891 at the scene of ‘The Great Shearers Strike’. Major character Joe Ryan. Joe fought for better working conditions and wages for his fellow shearers. Along the way he fell in love with Hannah Young, a grazier’s daughter.

During 1890 Christmas Dinner with Hannah’s parents, her landlady Ma, and Hannah’s grandmother discovered they are sisters separated when Ma aged ten, Hannah’s grandmother at birth. First time they’ve met since being separated.

1891 Joe Ryan met his friend Joe Gibson, a fellow shearer to help fight for better working conditions and wages.

During the strike, graziers wouldn’t permit ‘striking shearers’ to shear their sheep. Contracted shearers were those who held a ‘non-union ticket to shear’ only hired by graziers. Joe Gibson held this ticket.

At the height of ‘Great Shearers Strike of 1891’ Joe Ryan gathered his shearers to strike on the outskirts of Cunnamulla. Four months they survived until police intervened to stop the strike. Joe Gibson met his friend Joe Ryan on the final day at the strike camp before police arrived. They exchanged clothing plus personal items. Joe Gibson took Joe Ryan’s place. They changed identities.

‘Click Go The Shears’:

‘Click Go The Shears’ is the second book in this series. Follow-on from ‘The Shearer’. Joe Ryan who has the identity of Joe Gibson escapes capture whilst Joe Gibson takes the place of Joe Ryan to be tried for leading the strikers. Thirteen strikers appeared in court, sentenced to three years imprisonment for their part. Joe Ryan (Gibson) serves his imprisonment at St Helen Island Prison in Moreton Bay.

At the end of his prison term both Joe’s meet at Barcaldine (original town where strike occurred) to return to their own identities. Joe Gibson returned to Cunnamulla to eventually meet Hannah who still resided with Ma at her boarding house. Joe and Hannah fell in love. They marry. Hannah’s father gifts his property ‘Tilbaroo Station’ to them as their wedding gift. The story continues:

‘Tilbaroo Station’

‘Tilbaroo Station’ is the third book in this series. Read on to follow the lives of Joe and Hannah:

The year that never was by Pat Ritter

The Year That Never Was

AUTHORS NOTE:

Fourth in this ‘Outback Australia’ series from 1899 to 1902 in Australian history. Australians fought in the Boer War in South Africa. Federation of our nation. Two great events in our history during this period. Although this book is fictional many of the events are true in our history. Each character is created from my imagination.

One important addition to this book is a song written by my fellow member of Pomona Writers Group. At one meeting Evie Pikler asked to sing a song she’d written more than thirty years before. Evie sang ‘Australia Calls Us Home’. Tears welled in my eyes after she finished her song. I asked her if she’d permit me to include her song into this book. Evie agreed. Click onto this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5T6OspSrvY to watch Evie’s great song of ‘Australia Calls Us Home’. I thank Evie from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to use her song in this book.

Story Thus Far:

‘Tilbaroo Station’

‘Tilbaroo Station’ is the third book in ‘Outback Australia’ series. Joe discovers an artisan bore on ‘Tilbaroo Station’. Nat wants all of his nine remaining properties to have bores. The only person who divined for water is deceased. By accident Hannah discovers a student in her class, ten-year-old Ryan Carlson who discovers water on Nat’s property.

Underground artisan water is discovered in 1897. Ryan’s father, Todd Carlson, Chief Engineer for Queensland Railway Department employed to build the rail link from Charleville to Cunnamulla has been selected by The Honourable Joseph Ryan, Esquire, MLA to oversee the bores established in the region. A committee is formed with Joe Gibson, Nat Young being members of the committee. Todd Carlson, Chairman.

By the end of 1898 a newly constructed Cunnamulla Railway Station has been built. Underground water discovered on many of Nat Young’s properties. Todd Carlson, Chairman of ‘Great Artisan Water Basin Committee’ has been appointed Commissioner of Water Resources for Queensland. The story continues:

‘The Year That Never Was’

‘The Year That Never Was’ is the fourth book in ‘Outback Australia’ series. This is an exciting period for Australia because after Captain Cook discovered Australia in 1770, settled by Europeans, Australia finally became a Nation with the election of their first Prime Minister. Also, young Australians represented their Colony on behalf of British Empire left their homeland to fight Boers in the ‘Boer War’ in South Africa. Read on to discover this important occasion involving Joe, Hannah and her family.

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The suffragette by Pat Ritter

The Suffragette

‘The Suffragette’ is the fifth book in ‘Outback Australia’ series. This is set between 1903-1905. Women weren’t permitted to vote. Margaret Wallace, Principal at Cunnamulla State School decided to make a difference. With help from The Honourable Joseph Ryan, Esquire, MLA they worked together to ensure women in Queensland empowered the government of the day to pass legislation for women to vote. Read on to fight alongside Margaret with her friends particularly Marilyne Pankhurst to force the government to change rules for women to vote. The story continues:

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The shearer by Pat Ritter

The Shearer

In 1891 Australian history changed forever because of ‘The Great Shearers Strike of 1891’ when shearers from across the country went on strike for better working conditions and wages. Joe Ryan was one of those shearers. This is his story.

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The Proposition by Pat Ritter

The proposition

Bundy Quicksilver received two medals from the Commissioner of Police twenty years after he retired.

He wrote a letter to show his appreciation; and received a telephone call from the Commissioner wanting him to visit his office.

Upon his visit, the Commissioner offered Bundy a proposal which he couldn’t refuse.

The Commissioner’s proposition was Bundy work with Detective Superintendent Kathleen Emerson on an investigation. A twelve year old child went missing eight years before.

Bundy accepted the Commissioner’s proposition to work with Detective Superintendent Kathleen Emerson to help find the missing child.

This is a story of old fashioned detective – working with the modern day detective to help solve a mystery.

Do they find the missing child dead or alive?

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the drover by Pat Ritter

The Drover

Droving in outback Queensland was a roaring trade in the late 1940’s and 50’s. Australia lived off the sheep’s back with wool being one pound sterling for one pound of wool. Everyone had money.

Sheep and cattle needed to be taken from place to place. It was common to see at least six droving camps taking sheep or cattle across the outback of south-west Queensland from property to property.

This book is about the life of Harry Williams, who wanted to be a drover, the same as his father and grandfather before him.

At aged ten years he left school and commenced work. By thirteen years he had his own droving plant. By twenty-one he was a fully pledged drover in his own right.

At times he overcome many obstacles in his path. One epic trip he was Boss Drover to take 500 bullocks from Bulloo Downs in South West Queensland to Clifton Hills in South Australia, a journey to take twelve months.

He was the last of the ole drovers. A huge part in Australian history.

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