Cooyar and Ethel Tebb.


I stayed in a small country town called Cooyar, swinging again. (In the hammock, calm down!). The local pub was banging, full of interesting characters. The local house painter Dave (Rembrandt), Dave the cowboy and Dave McCoy. All bikers who run the Viagra Outlaws club, sworn enemies of the blue rinse brigade. One guy even rides with his oxygen cylinder. Hardcore or what?

Dave Mac was a flat track racer who did well in his time, father of Garry McCoy, current GP racer doing really well. Great people and a cracking night out!

I’d set up in the back field away from everyone, next to a fenced off area. I knew it was a grave, but that didn’t really bother me. In the morning I had a closer look. Poor Ethel Tebb wasn’t even 5 years old when she died. I don’t know why she wasn’t in a cemetery, details were scarce. Such a small plot from over a century ago, yet still very moving.

Rest in peace Ethel.

About Sophie Whiptank - aka Bart

I'm just a bloke doing some stuff, the more interesting bits I post on my blog. Scroll down far enough and you'll see me riding from Melbourne Australia to Birmingham, England in 2014. But now I'm working on another project, a single cylinder motorbike engine at 2750cc!

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    Article reads:
    This little area and lonely grave predates the Cooyar cemetry that was proclaimed in 1909. This now quaint and well maintained area is near the famous Cooyar swinging Bridge and near the junction of Cooyar and Back Creeks. The area is well maintained.

    Ethel Tebb’s was only 5 years of age when she drowned in the nearby creek. Ethel left this life on the 29th of December 1904. This site has been accurately measured and located as her final resting place by well research conducted by loving individuals and confirmed as the final original resting site by the Department of Natural resources.

    There is a well signed memorial board with all the relevant factual information at the grave site. May she rest in eternal peace.

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