Category Archives: Obituaries

Dennis Blanchfield 1949 – 2014

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Dennis Blanchfield, “wild child”.

It was a cool, drizzly day on 13 October for the funeral of Dennis Blanchfield at Quaama Cemetery. He must have been well-remembered and liked, judging from the crowd.

Dennis’s brothers Jim, Danny and Brian all still live here in Quaama.

I didn’t know Dennis; he left Quaama well before my time. But I heard the expression “wild child” a few times in the days around his death in Canberra on 5 October.

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Terry Irwin 1943 – 2010

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Terry Irwin: farmer, teacher, born mediator, classics scholar, environmental advocate

Picture, if you will, a forest clearing. There’s the chatter of birds in the treetops. A dirt track, recently graded. Heavy equipment stands idle all around – bulldozers, knuckleboom loaders, chainsaws. At one end, a ragtag group of people in beanies and coloured clothing, with backpacks and thermos flasks, sits chatting. At the other, workmen in fluoro vests and helmets stand with arms crossed.

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