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Friday, November 09, 2012

This week we meet Marian Burns who will also be preforming in the 2013 Country Music Festival.

Marian has fulfilled huge dreams since first coming to Norfolk Island in 1994.  She came to us having just won the New Zealand Country Entertainer of the year 1993.  Since then… 

Marian has been Awarded Female Country Artist of the Year - 2009,- Kiwi Pro Am Country Music Awards.  Awarded Top Musician of the Year – 2009  and The Agnew Excellence Award 2009  by The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand, and then to cap it off, a Life Time Achievement Award - 2010 Presented by legendary Australian Fiddler, Pixie Jenkins at The Prestigious Golden Fiddle Awards - Tamworth N.S.W Australia.

But wait - there’s more…  In June 2010, Marian was inducted into the Hands of Fame in Gore, New Zealand.  An honour she never thought would be hers.

A music specialist from Auckland, a private tutor of violin, ukulele and guitar, a conductor of massed choirs of 500 kids in the Auckland Town Hall for the past 22 years, Fiddler in her Irish Band – The McSweeney Brothers, and her popular Country Band – The Southern Cross Band.

She has toured New Zealand extensively with “Operatunity”, “Highway of Legends”,  “The Spring Fever Road Show” and The Legendary Topp Twins.

Marian has made a guest appearance in an American Filmed Documentary on The Orange Blossom Special featuring other artists such as Charlie Daniels, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor and more.  She has also tried her hand at acting in -  and wrote music for a New Zealand Film, The China Cup.

This exuberant performer has appeared on many a stage throughout N.Z, and Australia.  She has played from the top of the Eiffel tower, to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and she even got to play her fiddle on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. 

Jean Alain Roussell, has just produced Marian’s New Album in France. He is renowned for playing piano for Cat Stevens. Recording with Sting and Bob Marley,  to name a few. – (It cost the earth to make, so please buy one) 

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Friday, November 02, 2012


I was born on Norfolk Island, went to school and grew up here. I've travelled affair bit and lived off the Island for a number of years. 

15 years ago I moved back home to be where my family was and because I missed the freedom and natural beauty that Norfolk has to offer.

I joined St. John Ambulance 6 years ago, I felt it was valuable way to contribute to the community. I've learnt so much in that time and it's great working the brain again and learning new skills. Being an Ambulance Officer challenges you in all sorts of ways, but is very rewarding. We've got a really crew of people these days and I really enjoy our Skill Drills, sharing experiences with one another and learning something new from every 'call out'.

I'm a self employed artist with no kids so my time is pretty flexible, which suits being on call, I don't mind giving up my time to volunteer, if my team mate and I can help someone on the day, then it is a good day........and I get to drive the Ambulance really fast! 


Joy Poulton will be one of the many Country music artist that will be preforming in the 2013 Norfolk Island Country music Festival. Here is a little bit about Joy career. 

In 2009 Amber Joy Poulton was selected as a Top 10 Grand Finalist in Tamworths’ world famous Toyota Starmaker competition.  It didn’t take long for Amber Joy Poulton to make her mark in the country music industry.  By January 2011, she had achieved her childhood dream of performing on the same stage as the great Kenny Rogers.  She had the privilege of being selected as the support act at The Adelaide Festival Centre for the great Kenny Rogers.  Add to that, a 2012 TIARA Award Winner and support acts for Melinda Schneider, Brian Cadd and Russell Morris and coming up, Troy Cassar-Daley in June 2012.

This years Tamworth Country Music Festival was very different to her first in 2009, when she appeared as a Top 10 grand finalist.  At the 2011 & 2012 festival, she performed to sell our crowds as Loretta Lynn in the tribute show Queens Of Country and performed each day on stages around the festival, singing the songs from her award winning album ‘Taking Goodbye’, Co-written and produced by TIARA Best Male Vocalist, Doug Bruce.

Amber Joy, now a TIARA Award Winner (2012 for Best Vocal Collaboration), has had major success on the airwaves with her debut album.  She made her mark national wide by hitting the Top 30 of the Australian Country Music Charts with first single, Rising Star and the beautiful duet with Doug Bruce, Close Enough (No. 13).  The touching ballad, Good Old Fashioned Days is still receiving radio play around the country (since May 2010) and has also received the award for SA APRA Traditional Country Song Of The Year for 2009. 

She followed that award up with another in 2010 with title track, Taking Goodbye.  Amber Joy was also presented with the SA Achiever Award for recognition around Australia in 2009 with her music. Previous release, Break Even spent over 15 weeks in the charts and made Amber Joy her first Top Five Hit and now she is enjoying another chart success with title track Taking Goodbye staying in the charts for 13 weeks making it to number 11. That’s four Top 30 hits and two songwriting awards and counting!

Also creating a buzz has been Amber Joy’s tribute show, Honky Tonk Angels – The Story Of Loretta Lynn & Friends.  Her tribute show, tells the tale of the first queen of country music, Land her amazing career, friendships and how she paved the way for women in country music and in life.  The show has toured Australia, performed to a crowd of over 900 people at The Gympie Muster last year and has SOLD OUT at the Adelaide Fringe Festival three years in a row as well as starring at the Sydney Fringe 2011.


VISITING  SPEECH  PATHOLOGIST ... by Jenni and Peter Cooper


Lynn Rodgers, a speech pathologist from Australia, was on Norfolk Island this week at the request of Cheryl Buffett, who is the Norfolk Island Hospital's Specialists Liaison Officer and NISEDU.

NISEDU is sponsored by the Norfolk Island Rotary Club and in turn sponsors Lynn by paying her airfare and providing her with accommodation for the week while she is on the island. Lynn normally coincides her visits to Norfolk with school terms, so the maximum number of children attending either Day Care Centres, Pre-school, or the Central School are present. Lynn is generally available during working hours, Mondays to Fridays for one to one consultations, but will extend her hours if it assists the working family.

In this visit, Lynn's 3rd to Norfolk, she has been asked by Banyan Park and WizzKidz Daycare Centres, along with the School to talk and socialise with the children while they are in the environment of having fun and interacting with other children and not in a clinical office. Lynn feels this is sometimes a better way of identifying children who may have possible speech problems. Lynn then sets up a full week of therapy with the child and their parents while she is on the island. Parents are also provided with individual speech therapy programs to continue the therapy process while Lynn is away. Even though her time on island is limited to a week at a time, Lynn says that a week of daily therapy sessions can sometimes be more productive than one visit a week spread over a longer period of time.  


Lynn graduated at Cumberland College in 1982 and worked in the Blue Mountains/Penrith area for 5 years. For the past 25 years she has had her own private practice in the Hawkesbury area. 

Lynn was contacted by NISEDU through the speech pathologist's network, after the resignation in May last year, of the previous speech pathologist who was working on Norfolk at the time. She was primarily an adult therapist and felt it would be more beneficial for the island to have a speech therapist who's work focused on working  with children. In September 2011, Lynn heard she had made the short list of 4 applicants, and ultimately was successful in gaining the position. Lynn then came over on her first visit as Norfolk's newest speech pathologist, in November, and has since returned in April and November this year. She hopes to get over to Norfolk two to three times a year, depending on her workload in her own practice. Lynn will be back to Norfolk to welcome further visits and time to spend with children and  their parents.

Lynn guardedly told us there appeared to be not too many children that require speech therapy on Norfolk, but due to her limited time here, she feels she may just be scratching the surface. Lynn has found that providing a free "drop-in" clinic, to cater for any parents with questions, to be a positive way to start engaging with parents and children about this very important health issue. 

Lynn has enjoyed being part of the community during each of her visits here. Her history with Norfolk began when her husband and Lynn came for their honeymoon and have visited on several occasions since then as visitors who have fallen in love with the island and its people. She has developed friendships with many of the people she has worked with. Being able to attend the school and the various child care centres results in assisting these families so much easier. Lynn says that providing early intervention is far more effective if there is a sound partnership between the school or child care centre and the  parents in implementing the recommended support strategy. The optimal age for most children for learning speech and language is between the ages of 2 and 4 years old.

When we asked Lynn if she had anything else she would like to add, Lynn replied that she is looking forward to her return to Norfolk Island in the first  half of 2013. She sees her role as more than just a job. It is creating new friendships and assisting children at the same time, in one of the most  beautiful places on earth.

We would like to thank Lynn for giving us some of her valuable time to allow us to interview her. We hope her work on Norfolk gains positive results for the children on the island and achieves her longer term goal where her services may be reduced.

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KNOW YOUR 'AMBOS' ... by Bonnie Quintal

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Betty Matthews: I moved to Norfolk Island early 2011 and shortly after attended Senior First Aid training. In June the Island was desperate for St. John volunteers, so I decided to help and joined the committee for the Ambulance Service.

All the new volunteers were trained as Advanced First Aiders so we could assist with the Ambulance 'call outs'. I had previously attended First Aid in new Zealand, but never thought I would be attending emergency calls. I was nervous, but the training and Skill Drills has been fantastic and I congratulate the members for their support and encouragement.

Over the past year I have attended 12 'call out'. I and proud to be part of the Norfolk Island St. John Ambulance and to able able to assist those in need.  It is my belief that the heart of the community is in volunteers and those who give and share knowledge and commitment.

It is fantastic to have the opportunity to live here on Norfolk Island and you can see me at the Hot Krust Bakery or at REO cafe or just out with my camera enjoying this piece of paradise.

Hopefully you don't get to meet me in the Ambulance, but remember we are only a call away if you need our assistance or first aid.

If you think you would like to join us, come along to our next training night or give one of us a call.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH AUWAS SULLAN - Les Quintal ... by Jenni and Peter Cooper

His early years of life - Les Quintal was born on the 25th March 1956, under the star sign of Aries, at the Norfolk Island Hospital. Les has 2 older sisters, sadly one is deceased, and an older brother. He gained his nickname 16 years ago when he turned 40, by his friend Kim Davies who was working at Telecom at the time and thought it would be fun to enter Les into the nickname section under "Lettuce". From that time onwards he has been known Island-wide as Lettuce or Lettuce Leaf.

Education & Career - Les was educated at the Norfolk Island Central School. He then left school in 1971 at 16 years of age to live in New Zealand to do his building apprenticeship, woking at the same time. Eight years later 1979, Les returned to Norfolk Island to live and make his home. During his first 6 months on the island after achieving his apprenticeship, he worked for Dennis Sterling to build Farmer Lou's piggery. Then Les found a desire for travel and finding work, so he flew to Australia and began his time of tasting life being a "free spirit". Les experienced many different jobs in many different places during this time, both in Oz and NZ. 

Some of his more exciting experiences was; living life a "beach bum" on Manly beach, living on a yacht sailing around the Whitsunday Islands in north Queensland, and being a "tree-lopper" for Kuringai Council in Sydney, where he fell out of a tree one day. He then returned to Norfolk Island for several years. During this time, Les got married and also built, author Colleen McCulloch's house, "Outyenna" before she was married to Rick Robinson. Les and Colleen are good friends with each other and he is also very good friends with Helen Reddy. After separating from his first wife, Les resumed his working/traveling life and even went afar as Canada to work in a sheltered workshop in Vancouver and even sold vacuum cleaners in Nova Scotia. 

Les again returned to Norfolk, this time to stay and make the island his permanent home. He has owned, sold and set up various companies within the island; Glass Bottom Boats, Events Company, and Farm & Industry Tour. He also set up L. J. Quintal Real Estate. In 2003 he dreamt he of being involved in Tourism and purchased Bounty Excursions. This successful tour company has undergone several name changes over the years and in 2007. Les returned to Sydney and lived in the Northern Beaches of 2007 and stayed there for a few years promoting Norfolk Island and Bounty Escapes. During this time Wally Beadman became a joint owner with Les and in 2012 Les finally sold Baunti Escapes. He is now primarily involved as a tour guide and in marketing for Baunti Escapes.

His Family Life -Les has one son, two daughters, and two grandchildren. His son lives on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. One daughter lives in Brisbane with 2 children and the other daughter lives here on Norfolk with Jodie.

Hobbies - Les has several hobbies. He keeps himself fit by playing tennis, he enjoys reading autobiographies, and is currently reading Eric Clapton's life story. He enjoys hanging out with his daughter and her two children, surfing at Anson Bay, collecting periwinkles with his grandchildren. Les also enjoys escaping out to his 28 acres out at Puppy's Point to reminisce about his life. He describes his life like "a circle trying to live within a square." 

Future Hopes and Dreams - Les would love to have a simple life, perhaps in a Asian country - somewhere culturally diverse - where he can perhaps be active in helping people. Countries like India, Thailand and Indonesia appeal to him. Les says; "he is still looking for the meaning of life!" - He finished our interview with us with this last quote: "Life is what happens to you, while you are busy making other plans." 

"Headline News" - Last Sunday, Les was out at Anson Bay doing what he loves to do the most - spending time with his family and friends swimming and surfing. All of a sudden, a strong rip developed without warning and began to drag his young daughter out to sea. Les was able to get her to safety, but in his endeavours in doing that against the raging rip, tired himself to the point of extreme exhaustion and water inhalation. He then found himself unable to fight the rip to get to safety. By this time word of the situation had reached Darren Bates who was dozing on his lounge at home. As quick as he could he launched Advance 2, made his way out to Anson Bay and in the nick of time, pulled Les out of the water and to safety. During the trip getting him back to medical treatment, Darren thought he was going to lose him a couple of times. Thanks to Darren's efforts, Les was taken to hospital where he spent the night recovering and now Les says he feels like a "box of birds."  We appreciate the time you gave us for this interview. We also appreciate your friendship with us and we sincerely hope you recover from this frightening experience and become the old Lettuce Leaf we know and love.  

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH AUWAS SULLAN - "Teddy" ... by Jenni and Peter Cooper

Friday, October 19, 2012

His Early Years of Life -  Hadyn Evans was born in New Zealand on the 15th October 1962. This makes him a 50 year old Libran just last Monday. Many Happy Returns Hadyn! We hope the next 50 years are as good or even better than the last 50! Hadyn's father worked and lived in New Zealand from the 1950's, and learnt to drive steam trains. Hadyn has two younger siblings; a sister Louise born in 1967 and his younger brother Phil born two years after him, in 1964. Hadyn's entire family moved over to Norfolk Island in 1974. He was 12 years old.

Education & Early Working Years on Norfolk - Hadyn attended High School at Norfolk Central School for four years. After leaving school in 1978, he started working on the family property out at Anson Bay. In the early 80's he worked  at Farmer Lou's Butchery in the Foodland Mall. He then bought the business in1985. After 15 years of working and owning Farmer Lou's Butchery, he sold the business at the beginning of the new century.

In 1998 Lyn and Ted Lee arrived on Norfolk Island. Ted was a tennis coach and Lyn was a NIDA Instructor. She soon noticed Hadyn's hidden talent and lured him into acting in some plays she was directing, including; "Our Town". The next play he tried his hand at was "Trial of the 15". Hadyn then travelled to Sydney for an Arts Festival. He also got the opportunity to act in plays in Hobart and Melbourne. In 2001 Hadyn joined Pinetree Tours and enjoyed acting in some of their plays; "Mutiny on the Bounty"; "Night as a Convict" in 2004;  and more recently, in "Fletcher's Fate". Even now, in 2012 you can still see and enjoy Hadyn's involvement on stage in all these great plays as "Private Parts" in "Night as a Convict" and in "Fletcher's Fate", he plays three roles; "Captain Bligh'; "Cuthbert the Landlord"; and also "Fletcher Christian". Not all at the same time though! These plays encapsulate the history, drama, and fun community spirit of Norfolk Island. Hadyn said if he had to chose his favourite, it would probably be acting in "The Trial of the 15".

Career and Life on Norfolk Island - In 2006 Rose Stephens came to Norfolk Island and met Hadyn through the theatre. She had come over with the North Stradbroke Island Theatre Group for the theatre festival being held on the Island in October. Hadyn had two children with his first wife Julie. Danea in 1987 and Shane in 1989. Tragically, Danae was killed in a car crash in 2003. Shane still lives and works here on Norfolk.

In 2003/04 Hadyn went to Melbourne to work in a butchers shop.

Hobbies - Hadyn's love of the outdoors and sports shows in his long line-up of hobbies. They include; touch footy, rugby league, rugby union, golf, cricket, fishing, and skim boarding at Anson Bay.         

A Little Bit About Rose - Rose Stephens was born in 1966 in Goondiwindi, Queensland. When she was 1 year old her family moved to North Stradbroke Island, where she lived most of her life, before coming to Norfolk Island in 2007. Rose attended a private school in Brisbane. When she finished school, Rose began her career in the Retail Industry. Within her family she has 3 sisters, a 1/2 brother and a 1/2 sister. Most of them still live in Queensland, one sibling lives in Sydney and another in London. Rose has a son, Ryan and a daughter, Brianna, from a previous relationship.

Their Married Life - After meeting each other in 2006, Hadyn and Rose were married on November 12th, 2010. Their honeymoon was spent in the Cook Islands. Their attraction to each other was from mutually enjoying the theatre, talking together, their love of outdoor activities and similar aged children. But mostly though, they enjoy each other's company and similar interests. 

Future Hopes and Dreams - For Hadyn, to stay on Norfolk Island, doing the things I am currently doing - even in 20 years time! Providing the continuation of good health.

For Rose, She says she is not much of a dreamer. Happy to travel sometimes, but primarily enjoys living on Norfolk. 

We first met Hadyn in 1991 on our first wedding anniversary. He was very friendly and welcoming and back then we enjoyed going to all the plays put on for the tourists. Eleven years later we returned to Norfolk Island. And who was the first person to welcome us "back home, Jenni and Peter".... None other than Hadyn Evans. We highly value the friendship that has grown between us over the years and we couldn't be happier to now see that Hadyn and Rose have found a new fulfilling love for each other as we have for each other. 

Thank you, Hadyn and Rose for the time you gave us to interview you about your exciting lives. We hope to share many more years of friendship with you both while we live on Norfolk Island. 

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A CUPPA WITH "A, B & C" THE STARS OF "THE WINDOW ... by Jenni and Peter Cooper

Friday, October 12, 2012

After the curtain closed on Tuesday night the 1st of October, also known as the "opening night" of the 15th Norfolk Island Theatre Festival, at Ferny Lane Theatre, we were fortunate to meet three lovely ladies from the Hamilton Playbox Repertory Society in New Zealand. They had just performed their play "The Window", described as an 'absurdist comedy'. We asked the ladies if they would spend a little time with us for a cuppa and a chat at Stefano's Gourmet Cafe.

Lorna Ashton, who was also the Director of the play, played the role of "C", while Liz Sheppard played "B" and Lee Owens played "A". A little more about the play later...

The three of them all live in Hamilton and met through being involved in the Riverlea Theatre. They also became involved in Music Makers and Playbox. 

Lee, the youngest of the trio in her late 30's started her involvement in theatre in 1992. Liz is in her mid 40's and began her career in 1998 and Lorna who is the eldest of the three in her mid 60's, started in the late 80's.

All three of them unanimously agreed that their most interesting experience on stage in their careers thus far has been performing in "The Window" here on Norfolk Island at this year's Theatre Festival.

Lorna described an "absurdist" play as having no beginning, no middle and no ending, it really goes nowhere... This style of play is quite challenging for everyone, directors, actors and their audiences. The names of the characters, A - played by Lee, B - played by Liz, and C - played by Lorna, allows the actors to be more individual, unique, and to not be necessarily characterised within a name, which allows the actors to develop their characters as they go.

Actors cannot change the script to a play due to copywright laws, but can 'muck up' a word or two. The preparation for their play included up to 15 hours of reading their lines, memerising their roles, and learning the script for "The Window" and 1 & 1/2 hours of rehearsals. They explained that each time an actor goes over their lines, it becomes easier to fall into the context of the character. This in turn, develops the emotions that is required to make the play more life-like. It is then up to the audience to be able to exercise its ability to pick up the parts of the play that are either sensitive, funny, sad, and any other emotions they experience.

After perusing an alphabetical listing of plays on the internet, Lorna, as the Director, decided that "The Window" would be the most appropriate play for them to act out, due to it being ideal for three women, of varying ages, size, etc. Lorna said to Liz and Lee: "This idea is open to discussion, but the decision has been made!" 

The three girls have stayed at the Anson Bay Lodge after researching the internet. This is Lee's first visit to Norfolk. She said she has enjoyed the weather, and has loved the ease in driving around the island. This is the second time Liz has been to Norfolk and has really built upon her first trip back in 2010. "This time has been a blast! Every lane takes you to such a special place, including the views, scenery and friendliness of the people, etc." This year is Lorna's 3rd trip to Norfolk. "I love the place!. The people, especially the people involved in the dramas and musical performances on Norfolk Island. The young people in theatre are really special people, open to other people particularly with their level of participation in all aspects of the week's festival, they are fully involved."

Lorna has been a Director for six performances. Lee and Liz will be co-directing next year as part of their progression in their theatrical lives. 

Liz mentioned that they would like to thank Norfolk, and especially N.A.T.S. for creating such a special memory for the whole week of the theatre production. They are all looking forward to hopefully returning next year. 

We would personally like to congratulate Liz Sheppard for her award, "Best Character Actor", for her role as "B" in "The Window". We would also like to thank them all very much for the time they gave us and to the insight we gained from them about their lives as actors. We wish them all the best for their future endeavours in the wonderful world of theatre. 


Australia’s Got Talent favourite, Liam Burrows, is heading to Norfolk Island for the ‘Norfolk Island Jazzes It Up’ Festival in December 2012

Best Jazz Artist - MusicOz Awards 2012

At just 18 years of age, Liam Burrows is a jazz sensation. In just over a year he has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the music scene whilst continuing to develop as an exceptional and unique entertainer, performing at leading venues all over Australia as well as overseas.

Last year appeared as a contestant on the top-rating National television show "Australia's Got Talent". Liam’s passion and enthusiasm for bringing jazz to a wider audience captured the attention of the general public and he was voted through as the people’s choice for each level of the competition.

He was thrilled to become a Grand Finalist – coming 5th in the competition out of 19,000 entrants.

His independently-released and critically acclaimed debut album "ALL OF ME", a timeless collection of 20 swing hits (recorded when he was only seventeen) was launched in Melbourne in October when he performed to a full house at the Palms Showroom in the Crown Casino Entertainment Complex - accompanied by an 18 piece band.

Some abbreviated comments from industry professionals:

“Liam is not only a gifted Jazz vocalist, he is also an exceptional young man who is a great ambassador for Jazz. He is completely dedicated to his art and his love for Jazz is evident in all he does. He is passionate about bringing the musical style we both love to the general public.”

….James Morrison.

Liam Burrows album “ALL OF ME” is available in most record store and on iTunes.

To hear a selection of Liam's recordings and to view some of Liam's TV performances, please go to


Better still, come along to Noorfolk Islan Jazzes It Up in December. 


For more information on the Jazz Festival go to

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EULOGY - Moyna Craig

Friday, October 05, 2012

First of all I wish to thank Kik Quintal's family for their condolences at his funeral and I would like to warmly reciprocate to Bonnie on behalf of Reuben, Michelle and myself.

Unfortunately my brother Gordon is unable to be with us today. Also marie Bailey who arrives home tomorrow after her serious operation.

I have received emails from Administrator Neil and his wife Jenny Pope and who are in Melbourne and our friends John and Lyn Mogey.

But on the other hand I tried to email a lot of people. Joan Taylor Nobbs in the United Kingdom and also Mrs Kay Durrant, Moyna's cousin Dolly's eldest daughter arrived this morning especially representing the Cave family, Moyna's Mothers sisters family.

Moyna Irene Christian was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 6th November 1927. Her mother Dorothy, wife of Holman (Homey)Christian, being forced by circumstances to have her baby in New Zealand. The family stayed there fro 4 years and returned to Norfolk in 1931. Homey wrote to his Aunt, Moyna's grandmother that the house was finished and they moved in on the 28th December 1933. Moyna was then aged 6.

they all stayed here before returning to Auckland for the duration of World War 11. Homey went into the forces but was seconded to the Cable and Wieless at the Central Post Office in Auckland until the end of hostilities. Moyna's parents returned to Norfolk Island and moyna stayed with her grandmother at 24 Chamber Street and went to school at Mt Roskill and Auckland Girls Grammar.

She then went to work at several places T&G Insurance and then Thomas Cook and Son.

she had a lovely lot of girl friends who in later life became our firm friends. Natalie Bundle was later to become one of our bridesmaids.

Now to go back again to Norfolk. She was the only child and had to play a lot on her own but did get over to visit Charlie Et's family of cousins and played with Sydney, Pam and Ena. Penelope used to baby sit her. This becoming  life long friends. 

Now I will journey back to 1947. When we went on our first date on Wednesday 14th May and subsequent Saturdays lunch and concerts. In October I told her that I loved her and she said she loved me also. Would she marry me? Yes. So we went and I bought a ring 3D we called it.

In January her mother and Dad came to New Zealand and I asked her father if I could marry her daugher on Thursday 25th March 1948. We became betrothed at approximately 10.30am and it was officially announced in the Saturday papers.

We came to Norfolk in December 1948. What a wonderful tiem we had on her beloved Norfolk island staying at the house in Mulberry Valley. I played my violin with Howard Christian's mother Aunt Viv most nights at the house and met the other members of the family.

Saints, Ponsonby. The Bride was early and the Minister said "they are always late!". Early you say, well my brother Gordon left the ring on the Vestry table.

After the ceremony we went on a  years honeymoon in my old Morris 8.

We built a house in Mt Roskill. The builder was Nola, Leo's father and we lived there for 17 years. There were 14 god children and now we had to make our lives complete which we did with teh arrival of Reuben,

Moyna's artistic talents saw her painting, doing copper work and other hobbies.

My music career had taken off and Moyna backed me in all I did with School Orchestras. These was music all over the house - sharing the lounge with Reuben's model railway. Her mother had a stroke and came and lived with us for many happy years before her death in 1993 on Norfolk Island.

Over the years we made many trips to Norfolk to paint the house etc. and in the Bi-Centenary year  we brought the Auckland Youth Orchestra here to play the Debutantes ball.

Over the years Moyna has held many voluntary positions in community organisations, 

  • Secretary of the Grower Co-Op for 19 years
  • Secretary, Vice President and President of the Historical Society
  • Friends of St Barnabas
  • CWA
  • White Oaks
  • Council of Elders

In conclusion the lane leading to their home was called "Holman Christian Lane" after her father.

We had always attended 3 churches, Mt Roskill, ST Heliers, Norfolk island. Moyna was a devout Christian and loved the Lord Jesus as her Saviour. She had a lovely gentle nature and loved her friends in and outside of church circles.

Last year and months - 

"I will lay me down in peace and take my rest,

For thou, Lord, only make me to dwell in safety,

Into thy hands I commend my body, soul and spirit,

Thou hast redemmed me, O Lord, Thou God of truth"

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EULOGY - GEORGE ROSLYN QUINTAL – KIK KIK 9 September 1926 – 23 September 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012


George signalled to his family, that when his time came, he should have the full Church of England funeral service, saying something like (in the English translation) “that’ll keep them there for hours”.

Second, George’s funeral oration, is substantially prepared by his family; meaning that I am authorised, to tell, that you are about to be told.


George Quintal was born on Norfolk Island on the 9th of September 1926 – at the commencement of this month he had reached his 86th year – born to the late Joseph Atkins Quintal – affectionately known as Daddy Att – and the late Amy Eliza Adams (affectionately known as Byee).  At the time of Daddy Att’s marriage to Byee he was a widower with 10 grown sons and 1 grown daughter (all now deceased).  Byee at the time was mother to Mary and Eric Adams (both now deceased).   Twin sisters were born soon after George . Both died in infancy.

In his youth, he was known as Georgie Byee and later George Att.  More, in a moment, of the origin of his nick-name Kik-kik

Byee died in 1932 when George was 6.  His love for his mother and her memory remained strong with him and his stories, related to his children and grand children, about his parents, have brought them to life for them.  Daddy Att died soon after George turned 21.  George was especially proud of his father. He fondly related, following his 21st birthday lunch, he and his elderly father raced their horses on the stretch to home, George at 21 was a very proficient horseman and favourite rider in the horse races here. Daddy Att was aged x.  Daddy Att beat him.

George loved school.  He excelled at school and loved all its aspects – academic, social and sport.  He loved Empire Day school sports (Empire Day 24th May each year) -  his legs earned him lots of money.  Prizes were not ribbons in those days – they were pennies and half-pennies.  

After his mother’s death, George lived for a number of years with his great-aunt who he called Aunty Nenn and her husband “Dad” Rowland Evans.  Their house is at Christian’s Lane and is now the home of her great-great-grandson Rikki Christian.  Next door lived Nenn’s daughter, Joyce and her husband Alec “Ya-ya” Christian.  One of George’s duties was to take  Joyce and Ya-ya’s young son Ronald “Blimp’ Christian to & from school.  He was a few years younger than George.  George often told the story of how he would like to run to school, but Blimp like a “drairg a laeg”.  George could see the westerly squalls coming and he would say “Hurry up Blimp”.  Blimp wouldn't hurry and soon dem se sokk through.  George had to wait for Blimp because he knew he would ketch et if he nort. Notwithstanding, George loved his childhood there and he loved to spoil young Blimp and his baby sister Eileen.


George loved maths, history and English attaining his Intermediate Certificate and a Queen Victoria Scholarship. His name’s on the board at the school. The original board is of such antiquity it is now in the museum. He loved the dancing and singing at school – especially in the older classes when teacher Olga Robinson taught them dancing, because George had a teenage crush on Miss Robinson (despite the fact that when he first began school Olga had suggested he might try to sing more quietly because he “sound like one old woman”).

An interesting observation given George’s later fame as the Island’s premier tenor. George loved to dance.  One of his school dance partners was the late Dolores Davis. He often related how they mucked up one time too many and how musician “Brookie” Christian threw up his arms in exasperation and proclaimed  “Ho Yah.  (Ho Yah was Brookie’s signature saying). You es de ring leader of fool”.  Having lost his mother early and his father being quite elderly, George did not have the usual home life which assists a child through school.  But he says many mothers assisted by ensuring their children had additional goods or a half-penny to be shared with George.  George all his life was so grateful to these lovely ladies.

He loved his school peers and adored to the end his two remaining class mates, Jimmy Olsson and Edith Mack (nee Gabbutt).


The other achievement of George’s school life was gaining the nick-name we know him by today.  It happened this way – one day he was fighting with Dalyell which was all very well until Dalyell started to get the better of him.  To add insult to that injury, his father had somehow got wind of the fight and arrived on the scene, with his belt off and ready, in his hand.  Each time Daddy Att’s belt came down on George’s poate, Daddy Att would utter, using a typically Norfolk expression of the time, “Kik-kik dey” and “Kik-kik dar” – and Kik-kik it has been ever since.  Although in recent years it has been shortened to Kik.

After he left school Kik worked at the butter factory and part-time at the Cottee’s Passionfruit Factory (both situated in Burnt Pine where Cascade Motors now stands).

In January 1946 he became groundsman and dairy boy at Government House.  This was another extremely happy period of his life.  His great-aunt Aunty Nenn was cook.  Later came the Administrator, with his wife and family who would have a huge impact on Kik’s future.  Administrator Mr Alec Wilson asked then Forestry Officer (the late Dick Nobbs) to choose a young fellow suitable for training in the Forestry Branch.  In 1951 Kik was chosen and sent to the mainland for two years, spending 6 months in northern New South Wales in the National Forest, outside Coffs Harbour, 12 months in the Kingaroy district and 3 months in the Beerwah district in Queensland.  During this time Kik made some wonderful Australian friends.  Many have holidayed here over the years since.  Most of them remember Kik-kik being very adept at bush-crafts; especially making the best damper smothered with butter and jam. When Ronnie Ray Nobbs left for his posting in Darwin in 1969, the Agricultural and Forestry sections were combined and Kik became Senior Forestry Officer.  A position he held for 15 years until he left the Administration in 1984.

Kik loved his Forestry staff.  All were much older than Kik; they were constant sources of wisdom, mischief and also became surrogate family elders.  These were Ivens “Puliss” Nobbs, Thornton “Bobbo” Yager, Willy-Boy Quintal, William “Shunna” Quintal, Tommy “Snar” Buffett and Steve “Whacko” Menzies.  Kik was in awe of these wonderful and fun-filled men with their many skills.  Their playfulness and joy of life despite the rigours of war was inspirational.  He often stated his admiration for Puliss and Thornton’s ability to rhythmically and accurately swing a grubber or axe, all day long.

On 15 January 1953, the fortnightly Qantas aircraft – it would have been a Saturday - arrived at Norfolk Island. Aboard was the “new nurse”, Sister Bonnie Anne Kelly, RN.; Here Bonnie’s own story in her own words. I quote her:

“My story of how I met the love of my life…

In January 1953 I was working in Outpatients at the N.I. Hospital when in came a very skinny man, with big ears.  He had 3 carbuncles on his neck.  I cleaned them up.  After the second day of dressings, he asked me “Do you ride?”  Being innocent I was not sure what he meant.  He then added “Horses”.  I told him that I had ridden most of my life.

“So” he said “what about helping me to train his horses for the races.”

I said I would love this.  I was given a lovely natured steed called “Ferdie” (a horse we had for many years and which our children rode too).

After work each day, we went off riding  (into the sunset).  Me on Ferdie and Kik on a large horse called “David”.

After months of HORSE riding we found we had a love for many of the same interests and for each other.”

End of Bonnie’s quote.

And so they married at St Barnabas Chapel, Norfolk Island, on 21 October 1953 – almost 59 years ago.

They lived in a number of dwellings before moving in to their present family home in 1958.  Bonnie and Kik often say some of the happiest days were when they lived on New Farm Road.  They were loved and looked after by their neighbours, Aunty Val, Aunty Kit, Ray and Betty Nobbs and Girlie and Dick Nobbs.

On 6 September 1954, David Richard Quintal, the first of their three children was born.  Two years later Karenne arrived and three years after her, Marylin arrived.  Kik was a doting, loving, constant and supportive father.  Right to his last breath.

He was involved in all their school and other activities: committees, working bees, organising and doing whatever was required.  He was President of the local P & C Association for 10 years from 1965.  He was part of many new innovations – a science and home science block, relocation of woodwork & metalwork to its present location.  Kik often said he continued to accept the P & C presidency because of the wonderful teachers and headmasters of those times and the amazing people in P & C which then had a large participating membership – names the family recall as committee members are Heather Buffett, Mildred Bataille, Pam Hattersley, Peggy Evans and others.

He grew up as a member of the Methodist Church and later became a member of the Church of England. Kik retained his contact with the Methodist church enjoying the singing and his mates there – and his children remember being lucky enough to attend both Methodist picnics and outings as well as Church of England Sunday School picnics.  Kik has been a warden of the Church of England and a lay preacher.

He was a founding member of the Norfolk Island Rotary Club.

Sport remained one of Kik’s many joys in life.  Tennis he loved.  He was Captain of Tennis at both the Methodist and Cheryl Tennis Clubs.  He took up bowls when tennis was no longer a possibility.  He enjoyed many Bounty Bowls Tournaments and has been President of the Bowling Club. He played golf during his younger years through until a few years ago playing with other retired friends who became known as “Dads Army”.  And that’s another story – each week Dads Army played golf, then retired to the old Paradise Hotel grounds to have a large morning tea and a chat.  One particular day they arrived at the morning tea venue to find an old reel-to-reel tape recorder and microphones set up and the table decorated with dandelion, bairka stuff and old bottles.  They blamed Lorna and Lorraine. 


Kik loved a hand of cards – jaero, euka, 500, penny-poker.   There were many long and very noisy sessions.  At one time there was a Quintal versus Buffett Jaero competition which ran for some time.  Friday nights Greg & George Quintal versus Tommy “Snar” and Locket Buffett.  They began soon after an early supper and often were quite surprised when cock se crow.  One particular session was held in the kitchen of Aunt Em’s.  After a particularly sweet victory over the Buffetts,  Greg climbed on to the table to do a jig of victory.  But he forgot that Jean Mitchell had recently put a beam across the kitchen and he hit his head, cutting himself.  The Buffett team for some reason thought that sem es all Quintal, Greg must be es mard unn.  When the Bridge Club formed Kik joined up and learned to play.  The most difficult part of this card game for George was learning to play cards quietly.  Not sure if he ever did that – but any way he played until very recently. 


Kik was involved in Norfolk community events and traditions with little fan-fare and nor did he want acclaim or even expect it.  But more recently he has been given some public recognition:-

1996  awarded a Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly Certificate of Appreciation in acknowledgment of Voluntary & Valuable contribution to the Norfolk Island community.

2001  awarded the Centenary Medal, created to commemorate the Federation of Australia.

2007  certificate of acknowledgement and appreciation for 23 years service as shipping tally clerk.

2008 became a respected member of The Council of Elders

2011   Norfolk Island Returned Services League Certificate of thanks for his many years of singing and participation in ANZAC and Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Kik has nine grandchildren – Billy, Dianne, Livi, Stacey, Geoffrey, Wesley-James, Tim, Joni and Manni.  He absolutely LOVED (written here in capitals and underlined) his grandchildren and he is much loved in return by them all.   

Like Kik, the grand children are proficient sportspeople – all won many points for Nepean house and are keen footballers, tennis players, golfers. Kik always kept up to date with his grandchildren’s whereabouts and lives. Doo mine where’s dem.  He was very proud of all of them and loved to talk about them. He was a sweet cook – another trait he has passed on to his grandchildren who often asked for advice.  They all liked to gain his approval and knew by his reaction when dem se cook sweet.  Kik could also manage to babysit a toddler and tend his garden.  He and his brother Eric provided beautiful fresh food for the family.  Another treasured memory the family have.

His grandchildren also have cherished childhood memories of school holidays when all nine of them (plus their friends) would pile into the back of his truck and go off to explore the bush or the seaside and picnic.  Always plenty food was packed.   The days were always fun – playing, listening to Pop’s stories and ending with a head count so no-one was left behind.  There was one occasion though when the head count didn’t work and just on dark after finishing decorating for Thanksgiving, young Timothy was left behind in the Church toilet.

In 2009 Kik’s joys were added to with the arrival of his & Bonnie’s first great-grandchild – Talissa Eliza Quintal.   And like the grandchildren, some of her first words learned from Pop were “Cup Tea”. 

Kik loved to be surrounded by his family.  Sunday family lunches were amongst his favourite.  He el ring up fe maek sure yu comen. The more he could get around the table the better.  David, Karenne and Mary remember their mum and dad either having people to lunch on Sundays or going to lunch after Church to the Randalls or the Batailles.  The grandchildren never wanted to be anywhere else at Sunday lunch time - whether it be the full works of roast meat, vegetables, various pilhis, mudda, plun pancakes and other wetls, or for a time when Sunday lunch was sandwiches eaten at Junior League and as various sporting events dictated.  Sunday lunch still continues – sometime with a full, noisy table; other times with only a small gathering when Sunday work commitments, call some away.

It seemed to the family that Kik remembered every single person he ever met or encountered in his life.  It appears to them also that he loved every Norfolk elder, family and youngster.  He loved to make newly arrived people welcome.  If someone pointed out to Kik that some one was a bore, a pain or even hateful, he always replied “Waell, dar de way dem!”  In other words, accept people as they are.  Kik and Bonnie’s home was often a temporary home to other youngsters; and a number of elderly were cared for in their final years by Kik.

And now we must speak to the legacy Kik has shared with us all.  He was blessed with a talent which many of us would like to have.  Kik and his singing.  His was a lyrical, untrained, delightful tenor voice; used as the general leader at all functions for the introduction of the Pitcairn Anthem.  A joy to hear in Church – especially when he would give a solo.  Bonnie and the children remember when Kik first began to sing solo in public.  He would be so nervous that he would be ill in the stomach.  His first major appearance was as soloist at the marriage of Brenda and Brian Bates.  Kik also loved to be part of variety concerts at Rawson Hall.  Kik thinks his singing talent was inherited from his grandmother Aunt Tabe.   This talent was nurtured by school headmaster Mr Rippon who had a fine voice and taught singing at school.  Mrs Rippon was accompanist.  Kik said whatever he learned about singing, he learned from them.

Kik has now left us.  He left us sublimely happy in the knowledge that from beginnings, with no close family of his own, he built the family life he dreamed of.  This was the only achievement he felt was of true worth.  At his passing;

His children have provided grandchildren who are close-knit and loving;

A great-grand daughter who is so loved by these children and grand-children;

He has seen the marriage of a grandson and the welcoming of a loved grand-daughter in law;

The partners of other grandchildren who are also loved by the family;

The beginnings of his grandchildren building for their futures;

The joy of seeing young Wesley continue his singing;

The happiness at seeing these grandchildren and so many of their friends now participating in leadership roles on Kik’s favourite day of the year – Bounty Day.

The family would love to be able to share every story and anecdote Kik has passed on but these are too numerous. 

There are too many people to name who have shared wonderful times of his life.  Kik’s family will miss a husband, father, grandfather and Pop with great sorrow.  Beautiful memories will remain with them forever.

They thank you for being here with them today, to honour Kik Kik Quintal.

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH AUWAS SULLAN SERENA "BETSY" TRICKEY ... Interviewed, photographed, and written by Jenni and Peter Cooper

Friday, September 21, 2012

Her early years of life - Serena was born in Proserpine, Queensland on the 4th August 1974. This makes her star sign a Leo and speaking from experience as I am married to a Leo, they "think" they are the "Lord of the jungle", but they are really gentle pussycats at heart. Serena has only one older brother in her family. Her parents moved their small family out to Norfolk Island in 1982 when Serena was in year 2 in primary school. 

Education & Employment - Except for the first two years in primary school, Serena's schooling was at Norfolk Island Public School. Her high school education was completed in Queensland at Rockhampton. After her senior schooling years, Serena returned to her Island home and soon landed her very first job at the Commonwealth Bank. She remained working there for a consistant 19 year service. During her employment with the bank, Serena furthered her career prospects by completing 2 Diplomas - one learning about Child Care, the other was dealing with After School Care for young children. 

While Serena and her brother were in school, her parents bought and operated World Traders, which they sold to Ian and Monica Anderson. On Norfolk, Serena is affectionately known as "Betsy" as this is her middle name. Serena finally left her job at the Commonwealth Bank this year on the 14th June and as from 16th July, a month later, she commenced working with Baunti Escapes and has become a valued member of the team working there.

Her Family Life - On the 11th January 1997, Serena married Michael Trickey at the beautiful and historical St. Barnabas Chapel. They have 2 teenage children, Mitchell now 16 and Kately who is 13. Besides being a loving Mother and a full-time worker at Baunti Escapes, Serena keeps herself active and healthy with her outdoor hobbies - netball, cheer-leading, and touch-football. Serena says while she can, she enjoys "burning the candle at both ends" 

Serena's Future Dreams & Aspirations - Serena and Michael's future plans and dreams mainly depend on their children and their hopes and dreams - whether they wish to stay living on Norfolk Island, or whether they decide to move to NSW or QLD. This is where Serena hopes that her diversity of her occupations will put her in good stead to find future employment prospects if the need ever arises. Right now though, Serena is enjoying her new career path and having a great time with her new team at Baunti Escapes. 

We personally want to thank Serena for the time she gave us for her in-depth chat with us, and wish her all the best for the future. 

Interviewed, photographed, and written by Jenni and Peter Cooper.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Last Sunday morning, 2nd of September, the Uniting Church of Norfolk heard the first message from their newest Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Lew Born and his lovely wife Betty. It was an introductory talk touching on a little of their history associated with Norfolk and a bit of their family story. Rev. Lew told the congregation that their last visit to Norfolk had been six years ago when they did a four month stint from January to April in 2006. We were told that in May this year, they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary with renewing their wedding vows and celebrated with over 300 of their closest friends and families. Lew and Betty are calling this visit their "swan song", but after interviewing them and learning more about this lovely couple, we can't see them not coming back another time, if their health permits.  


Lew and Betty were kind enough to invite us over on Monday morning to have a quick chat with us about their time on Norfolk, their family and their future hopes and dreams. So please grab a cuppa and relax while you read all about the Borns.




HOW DID YOU FIRST COME TO NORFOLK? Through contact with a travel company in Queensland called: "Inner-Faith Travel", Lew and Betty have led many tours, since the late 1990's, to Norfolk Island. These tours, referred to as a "famil" tour, provided Ministers with the knowledge and skills, in order to conduct their own tours back to Norfolk Island. These  "famil" tours saw small groups of 6 ministers at a time staying at the Colonial Motel (now Paradise) for 4 days.


HOW DID YOU GET CALLED TO COME TO NORFOLK? Rev. Lew was in contact with the Uniting Church and had offered to come over for four weeks in 2012. As there were other Ministers also coming over at various times during the year, it was negotiated that Rev. Lew and Betty would come over for 3 weeks in September. 


WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN AUSTRALIA? Lew and Betty have lived in Robina on Queenland's Gold Coast for the past 15 years. Next year they plan to move into a Seniors Living Complex in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, close to friends and family.


WHO MAKES UP YOUR FAMILY? Lew and Betty have a family of 4 daughters and a son, 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, with 2 more expected in the new year. Most of their family live in either Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, or Melbourne. 


CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR PASTORAL HISTORY? Rev. Lew first became a Christian at age 15, and was called to the church ministry at age 17. At 19 he was appointed as a young home missionary to Blackall in the central West of Queensland. As a home missionary he was then sent to Brisbane, Sunnybank, and then to Bowen and Collinsville. It was then that the church authorities thought they had better give him some training. He attended the Kings College and completed a 3 year course in 2 years. Rev. Lew's next Ecumenical appointment was the Senior Minister with the Doncaster Church of Christ in Melbourne, where he had 5 church Ministers serving under him. During these 5 years he also served as a Director with World Vision. Rev. Lew was to retire after this, but was called to the Methodist Church on the Redcliffe Peninsular. This was the first experiment where 11 churches of the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational Denominations were unified into the one regional church. In 1996 Rev. Lew attempted to retire a second time but was called to interim ministries at Sandgate, Pine Rivers, the Gold Coast, Norfolk Island for 4 months in early 2006, Ipswich in 2007, and Robina. In 2008 Rev. Lew was invited to preach in Nashville, USA - all expenses paid for 4 weeks.    


WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR DUTIES WHILE ON NORFOLK? Rev. Lew is preaching each Sunday morning; prepares and presents a half hour radio program at 4.00pm on Tuesday afternoons; provides Pastoral Care visiting people's homes and at the Norfolk hospital; attends Minister's Fraternal Meetings; and also attends the Minister's Fraternal Prayer Meetings. In his spare time Rev. Lew enjoys catching up with people within the Norfolk Island Community and his daily walk, arm-in-arm with Betty.


HAVE THERE BEEN ANY "HIGHLIGHTS" OR "STAND-OUT" MOMENTS WHILE YOU'VE BEEN HERE ON NORFOLK? Rev. Lew and Betty have enjoyed the beauty, rich history, and friendliness of 8.1344553179.1346808463.3; __utmspan>


WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU RETURN HOME? They plan on painting the house and continuing with Pastoral Care for Seniors in the Robina area. They are also eagerly awaiting the arrival of their next 2 great grandchildren in 2013. 


DO YOU THINK, OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO RETURN TO DO MORE "TIME" ON NORFOLK?  They would have liked to return again, but time and finances restrict this from looking likely. But who knows, anything can happen.


WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS? To keep well and healthy as they achieve more adventures together. They both give thanks for inheriting healthy genes and a faith-orientation to life with hope that it continues for a long time to come. 


IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? For two and a half years, while Rev. Lew was full-time State Director of the Methodist Church's Youth Department, Rev. Lew conducted a talk-back radio program in Brisbane, each night, Monday to Friday from 8.30pm to 11.00pm. These sessions were "live" and involved counselling focused on important social issues such as family, youth, children, addictions, anxiety, and suicide. At age 50 Rev. Lew fulfilled a life-long ambition to fly. A close friend gave him a cheque for $40,000.00 and said to Lew "If it is good enough for you to do this crazy thing at the age of 50, it is good enough for me to give you a cheque to buy an aeroplane." By the time he had finished flying, Rev. Lew had accumulated 1,000 hours of flying.  


The members and friends of the Uniting Church and the Community of Norfolk Island all collectively wish the best for Rev. Lew and Betty.

VALE - Mavis Angeline Tullner 12th February 1938 - 31st August 2012 

Read by Max Hobbins

Last Sunday afternoon, 9th September 2012, in bright early Spring time weather, members of the Norfolk Island community gathered at the Kingston cemetery with the family of Mavis Angeline Tullner to pay their last respects to this lady who had been taken from us so suddenly.  

 It was a moving service conducted by Ralph Weslake who, after welcoming and thanking everyone for attending, led us all in Prayer of John Adams.

This was followed by two Eulogies, the following from Max Hobbins which was then followed by another from Angeline’s great friend Zena.

“Anne was born on 12th February 1938 at Bishop’s Court. She had brothers - Thornton George Ellis (Boof), Francis Evelyn (Butch), half brothers John - we know him as “Ponna” and Dan Yager. She attended school on Norfolk Island and her early childhood was difficult. At an early age she found a lot of her chores hard - these chores had to be done before school - trying to find cows and milking them, collecting eggs and cooking.

At the age of 13 she moved to Sydney later to become an usherette for Hoyt’s Theatres, then moving into modelling for June Dally Watkins. 

Anne married Robert Tullner and they returned to Norfolk with their two children - Ray and Kathy. Anne and Robert managed “Valley View” Restaurant and also “Pine Valley” Apartments. She was to meet Frank - her partner for over 40 years.

Anne is survived by her children - Ray, Kathy and Jeremy - grandchildren Reece, Sarah, Ryland, Cheyenne, Jaden and Jemma.

She had a flair for cooking, sometimes catering for many occasions. On one occasion Ray and his mates had a great feast on food waiting to be delivered! Anne made great pickles. Although a great cook, she always avoided gardening. On weeding the garden one day she leaned on Ray’s beehive! The bees then chased her from the garden area.

One time at the Hotel Norfolk she over balanced on the bar stool and took out all the patrons! After that Anne slowed down with her drinking. Another day a tourist told her to put sugar around the base of a mandarin tree to sweeten the fruit. All that happened was it attracted thousands of ants and still today the mandarins taste sour!

She found driving a car after a few drinks somewhat difficult and it happened coming home after a Bunny Walter's concert! Her car looked like it was hit by a Panzer tank.

One day Anne was telling me all about Frank.... “Max, Frank and I met and a relationship followed. After a while I thought to myself - no, the relationship is not working. I will find a way to end it, but in the meantime I was not feeling well. This sickness continued for a couple of weeks until finally I went to see a doctor. The doctor told me I was pregnant...... all of a sudden Max, I fell madly in love with Frank!!!”

Anne and I would often joke in the company of tourists - one of the favourites was I would say to Anne- ”keep the light on tonight my darling - I will call in”.

Her answer was - ”Promises, promises - I leave the light on for you and you never turn up!....You are all talk and no bloody action Max!”

Anne - you will be missed by many of us on Norfolk”.

Angeline’s great friend Zena, who had come over from Sydney especially for the funeral then spoke. She told us how she had first met Anne while walking to work and how over the years they had become great pals. They were given the nicknames Tweedledum and Tweedledee, although they were never sure which name had been given to either of them.

In her words of farewell Zena said “farewell myse mate Annie Angel, thank you for all the love, laughs, fun, food and fights we’ve shared these past 38 years. I hope you driving dar big red and white Valiant beyond the sunset.

I’m so proud and happy to have been here to witness you laid beneath the green, green grass of home. You’ll live in my heart forever and ever.

Love to all Frank and “Aunty” Anne’s sullun from Ron, Bobbie, Roger en dem’s families”.

Ralph Weslake raked over the coals of our memories as he told us of the trouble and strife that his late wife Enid had experienced as she taught Anne how to drive a motor car. After many heart stopping moments, they eventually arrived at Kingston and Enid’s words to Registrar Danny Lusk were “please give her a Licence but don’t go on the pier and don’t ask her to reverse!”

Danny eventually gave Anne her licence but he was quick to point out to Enid that they had not driven on to the Pier and he had not asked her to reverse!!!

These bitter sweet memories were then followed by the singing of “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” led by Trent Christian, the presentation of Floral Tributes, the Committal, Prayers and the singing of the Pitcairn Anthem - “Come ye blessed of my Father’.

We extend our sincere condolences to Angeline’s family in their sad bereavement.

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PINNING THEIR HOPES ON A BLUE MOO ... by Michelle Rowe (The Australian)

Friday, September 07, 2012

WHEN Robyn Murdoch arrived on Norfolk Island in 2001 as chief executive of its administrative body, she thought her eyes were playing tricks on her. Many of the cows, she was perplexed to see, were blue.

The curious cattle, a heritage breed that had evolved over decades on the island, 1400km off the east coast of Australia, soon became her obsession. She left her job in November 2002, married local farmer Paul "Jap" Menghetti a year later and set about collecting every one of the unusually-hued animals.

Today, the couple owns all but one of the island's norfolk blue cattle (a neighbouring farmer has the other), which is said to have its origins in a single angus-shorthorn cross "blue bull" brought from the mainland more than 100 years ago.

Affectionately known as Dr Blue Suit, the energetic beast set about seducing the local herefords, friesians and murray greys with his bovine bedside manner, creating a unique herd.

The Menghettis soon established a breeding program for their unusual collection, the meat from which supplies their popular Norfolk Blue Homestead Restaurant, Grill & Bar, and last year they teamed up with central NSW stud cattle breeder Jonathan Wright to begin an artificial insemination program to improve the genetics of their herd.

Menghetti is rightly proud of what she and her husband have achieved almost single-handedly on 100 Acre Farm in the island's southwest, originally part of a Melanesian Mission established there in the 1860s.

We jump into her battered four-wheel-drive for a tour of the thriving property, which the pair has painstakingly regenerated over the past few years.

"Every weed has been cut and poisoned by hand, we've chain-sawed and mulched it all ourselves," she says as we veer down a steep, green slope. I half expect to end up in the creek at the bottom, which the pair has brought back to life using the sustainable agriculture principles of respected Australian grazier and author Peter Andrews, but diminutive Menghetti expertly negotiates the uneven terrain. She steers us out of the property's front gate and down a road lined with moreton bay figs, past the entrance to novelist Colleen McCullough's home (the award-winning author married an islander and has lived on Norfolk for more than three decades), and into the paddocks in which the prized herd is kept.

As soon as Menghetti opens the paddock gate, the cows begin lumbering towards us.

Menghetti gets out of the car brandishing a bag of feed and we are quickly surrounded by the determined bovines.

These doe-eyed beauties are not so much cobalt as a soft grey-blue, a shade that wouldn't look bad on a living-room wall. Some are almost completely blue, others have large white patches that break up the colour block.

These are the breeding stock, Menghetti tells me, as I edge back into the car after a little too much pushing and shoving. The plucky farmer shows no such fear; it is clear she is attached to the herd, able to identify individuals even from a distance.


Menghetti points out one cow set to be dispatched in the next few weeks for failing to calve; one of the farm's three bulls, an unpredictable beast with a serious personality problem, is under similar threat.

Back at the restaurant, we take a seat on the veranda and tuck into the house specialty, norfolk blue beef pate, a tasty spread served with caperberries, crostini and homemade chutney. We also try a warm Asian beef salad and an extremely moreish slow-braised beef with dumplings.

It's the only place in the world you can eat norfolk blue beef, and you can do so without worrying a jot about the environmental impact - the food miles here are all of about 1km, the distance between the Menghettis' paddock and my now scrupulously clean plate.

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