Letters to the Editor 13/08/15

Good memories

Dear Editor,

"August Boettcher’s red truck is a wonderful link with Kangaroo Island’s past history, still remembered by many of us" Pictured here with Peter Davis.

"August Boettcher’s red truck is a wonderful link with Kangaroo Island’s past history, still remembered by many of us" Pictured here with Peter Davis.

I arrived on Kangaroo Island on May Day, 1953. I was hoping to find work with the world-famous Ligurian bees, which I had learned about before coming to South Australia.

Shortly afterwards I met John Masterman, officer in charge of the Ligurian Bee Farm in Flinders Chase, run by the South Australian Department of Agriculture. Mr Masterman said I may be able to find employment there, if I was still available in spring.

My old ex-Army BSA motorbike ‘carked’, returing to Kingsocte  (in the dark), near Vivonne Bay. It was amazingly fortuitous for me to find Arthur and Dora Rowsell nearby, who offered me a bed for the night. Hitch-hiking to Kingscote the following day, I was ‘rescued’ by Augie Boettcher, in his equally famous red truck (again in the dark), at the foot of Kohinoor Hill. No ‘friends in need’ could have been more welcome than these, sixty years ago.

I was both amazed and delighted when I learned that Peter Davis had found the old red truck and had it totally restored, with the aid of a number of enthusiasts, all well-skilled in this work.

August Boettcher’s red truck is a wonderful link with Kangaroo Island’s past history, still remembered by many of us.

In my estimation, this is a wonderful and satisfying achievement and congratulations to all those who assisted.

Doug Seton

Tea Tree Gully, S.A.