As we congregate at Casino for our 19th Annual Gathering we are assured that our National Committee has once again chosen a winner. You’ll have to forgive me but it was odds on that I would capitalise on the word casino.
Group Banners (Apologies to Victoria whose banner is obscured)
Remember last year when Mickey Mouse was flown into Denmark WA in order to sign up the Denmark Mouseketeers and I suggested that there might be a sequel well here it is. It would seem that Mickey has sent his representative to Lightning Ridge to meet up with Don and Meredith East of Victoria. Obviously starved of A’van companionship over the past twelve months, Mickey’s representative who was also suffering from dehydration, decided to make his or her presence felt by chewing through a rucksack in order to gain access to a water bottle or whatever lay beyond. Perhaps the custard tarts which were also in the rucksack provided an added incentive?
Something was hungry
Day 1 Monday April 30 2018
Registration was held in the onsite Clubhouse where there is also a cafe. You can see from the photo that the cafe was very well patronised. As per usual the process of registration went very smoothly.
Wherever we go our A’vans attract lots of attention. There is a photo of Margaret and Rex Penfold in the local Casino newspaper and a segment was filmed for the local television station (Channel 7).
First Timer’s Happy Hour
When Brendon and Joan Smith see so many newcomers (45 vans) at a First Timer’s Happy Hour they must feel a great sense of satisfaction that the club which they started in their garage so many years ago continues to flourish.
First Timer’s Happy Hour
Welcome Happy Hour
Once again President Les welcomed everybody to the 19th Annual Gathering. At the close of registration there were 243 vans registered so as you can imagine there’s been lots of chatter throughout the park. In fact one group of night owls who met in an amenity block at 10.30pm on Sunday evening were so exhuberant when seeing old friends that they could be heard some distance away. We offer our sincere apologies to anyone who may have been disturbed. Perhaps you might say we were an ‘OWLing success.
Crazy Whist, Trivia and Board Games Evenings are always very well attended. As I said to one of the newcomers at Crazy Whist:- “The card game is incidental. It’s just an effective tool to get people to mix and to meet new people.”
Valda and David Graham at Crazy Whist
Valda and David Graham have attended all 19 annual gatherings and have also been responsible for organising every Crazy Whist Evening during that time except for the past few years where they have been ably assisted by Rick and Noelene Houghton.
So far there doesn’t seem to be any problem with the limited number of toilets and showers especially as there are quite a few portable showers scattered throughout the area known as Siberia. You may draw your own conclusion from the terminology. Another area is known as “Toorak”.
Anyhow I haven’t seen anyone queuing for showers nor have I heard of any problems in the laundry but if you do have to stand in a queue it’s a great opportunity to make new friends or renew old acquaintances. .
It is believed that the Bundjalung Nation of Aborigines who at the time of European Settlement inhabited the far north coast of New South Wales including the area around today’s Casino and the south east coast of Queensland are the only Aborigines whose dream time stories indicate that they originated elsewhere.
According to Aboriginal legend the area was first settled at least 12,000 years ago by Three Brothers (The Bundjalung Nation) and their descendants. Within the boundaries of the Bundjalung Nation lived approximately thirteen major dialect groups, each with its own well defined territory, language and culture.
Legend has it that The Three Brothers first landed at Yamba. Their grandmother went into the bush to gather wild yams and when she could not be found the brothers sailed northward. When the grandmother arrived back at the beach, she found that they had left her behind and she cursed them. The brothers next landed at Evans Head, and one of them was sent back to find her. They all then returned to Evans Head.
As the family grew, discontentment set in. Each of the brothers then decided to move to different areas taking their families with them. One brother stayed at Evans Head, the second moved further north and the third moved inland.
In white man’s terminology Anthony (the Boxer) and Warren Mundene (a Government Advisor) are first cousins. Their fathers were brothers and they can trace their ancestry back to The Three Brothers.