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A Time For Remembering – the Man from Snowy River Museum

Back Row:  John Whitehead,  Marita Albert,  Tom Saunders,  Don McQueen Front Row:  Tim Weeden,  Bob Kaighin,  Sister Pat,  Stewart Ross

Back Row: John Whitehead, Marita Albert, Tom Saunders, Don McQueen
Front Row: Tim Weeden, Bob Kaighin, Sister Pat, Stewart Ross

One of the many highlights of the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival is the Jack Riley Remembrance Service.  It is one of the first events of the Festival and is held at the Man from Snowy River Museum.  Museum volunteers and students tell the story of Father Hartigan’s trip in to the mountains to see Jack Riley when he was ill, and also tells of Jack’s last trip down the mountain and his death in Carters Hut.  The ceremony celebrates and acknowledges the pioneering spirit of the men and women of the bush and applauds the tenacity and dedication of the pioneers and settlers, the gold miners, the farmers, the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme workers, and the citizens and communities that have survived to make Corryong the town it is today.

This year we were treated to a pleasant surprise.  The poet who was to recite Banjo Paterson’s iconic poem “The Man from Snowy River” had been detained so there was a hurried call for assistance to find someone to step in – no mean feat considering the length of the poem.

Mr David Lumsden happened to be driving through town on his way out to Thowgla when his daughter phoned and asked him to step in.  He had no opportunity to be nervous or read over the poem to refresh his memory.  He stepped out of his car, onto the lawn in front of the audience and took us on the journey with the colt from Old Regret, Harrison, Clancy and the Man from Snowy River.  He did such a fabulous job, he might get the gig again next year 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr David Lumsen

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Father Hartigan, his assistants and Marita Albert, telling the story of Father Hartigans journey into the mountains to minister to a sick Jack Riley

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Don McQueen, the Museum Volunteers and Students, and Mr David Lumsden

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Father Hartigan and his assistants