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Smoky Dawson Remembered

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

I live in the It was with great sadness that I heard that Smoky Dawson had died. I am one of the many Australians whose lives were touched by this remarkable man.

Smoky first rode into my life on the radio airwaves, astride his palomino, the wonder horse Flash. As a child in the 1950s, there was no better way to spend a Thursday evening than glued to the radio listening to another adventure of “Hup, Flash, hup, hup, hup… Smoky Dawson”.

I met Smoky later in life and found him to be a humble, gentle man with a passion for life and a readiness for a chat. He leaves behind a valuable legacy in the songs he wrote, many about Australia, its people and history. I believe that we are all richer for the lives led by people such as Smoky.

Back in 1988 I wrote a song about Smoky, The Man with the Smile and Song .
You can listen to this here if you wish.

I have also included a link to an article I wrote in 2004.

Tathra 2006

Monday, September 25th, 2006

I have recently returned from a week down at Tathra on the far south coast of New South Wales.

Our elder daughter Susannah lives in Melbourne and we decided to find a place roughly half way, for us all to meet and have a holiday together. So Kellyanne, our younger daughter, Susannah and the girls’ respective men, Tim and Rohan, the special little lady – our granddaughter Miss Eloise Durrant, Valda and yours truly spent the week building sand castles and exploring the surrounding area.

We had a wonderful time. [ … more]