The Somerset Sentinel is a popular rural newspaper that is delivered to 6000 homes in many small towns of the Brisbane River Valley.

The village of Linville is located there and it is where I began my school days in 1936.

I am delighted that the Sentinel has published a feature article about me this week.

Here it is, complete with a cartoon.

I will treasure it as a memory of happy days in a community that survived the Great Depression and World War 2 because we cared for one another.

It was in Linville that good country people created the ground of my being and encouraged me to try to make a difference.

My thanks to Col Jackson, a grand old bush journalist, for penning these kind words.