Obituary: Rouseabout Stan Jamieson fondly remembered

Stanley George Jamieson was born at Hayden’s Bog in Victoria on February 11, 1926, the second of six children for Ernest and Freda Jamieson.

IN MEMORIAM: Stanley George Jamieson (11/2/1926 to 18/8/2018), pictured on his 90th birthday in Harden.

IN MEMORIAM: Stanley George Jamieson (11/2/1926 to 18/8/2018), pictured on his 90th birthday in Harden.

Stan attended school at Hayden’s Bog, a three mile walk from home with no shoes in the snow, as he would often recall. He did not enjoy school and left at age 14 to work with his father and older brother at the timber mill and driving their bullock team snigging logs out of the bush.

The family moved closer to Bendoc setting up a saw mill and operated it for several years.

On September 29, 1947, he married Joan and the following year Rhonda was born, whom he referred to as “Jim” throughout his life. They moved to Traralgon where Stan worked on a paper mill for two years before moving to Quaama, near Bega, to work on a dairy his father had purchased, for the next 12 months.

They returned to Lower Bendoc where he bought land and worked on a mill for the late Cliff Yelds, for several years. He then spent a couple of years working on a farm in Craigie for the late Jack Reed before going back to Bendoc to work on what was Mason’s Mill and then Richard’s Mill until he retired in 1992. During this time he purchased a house in Delegate and travelled to work on the mill bus.

Stan’s home was his castle and he kept his house and garden in meticulous order and grew some of the largest vegetables ever which he proudly shared with his family and friends.

Stan and Joan spent some time working in shearing sheds around Cooma, Stan rouseabouting and Joan cooking. They were well known for helping out at community events and Stan had a great knack for gaining friendships.

They sold their home in Delegate and moved to the Moruya area for a number of years before relocating to Harden in 2006.

Stan was a man of many interests and his favourite hobby was collecting and repairing clocks, often setting them on slightly different times so there was almost a continuous chorus of chiming. He constructed numerous puzzles and gadgets, finding amusement in those less able to work them out without being shown, multiple times!

Stan enjoyed being competitive and was a skilful card player and a natural at lawn bowls and snooker. Coming from a musical family Stan loved old time music and dancing. He could often be heard playing the accordion as he relaxed of an evening by the fire. He had a great sense of humour.

Stan is survived by his wife Joan, his daughter Rhonda, son in-law Max, granddaughter Sharyn and her husband Steve, his great-granddaughter Emily, sister in-law Shirley, and niece Donna.