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HUNDREDS of mourners farewelled
former South Australian and Western
Australian Prime Minister's 11 cricketer,
and former Central Districts footballer,
Howard John Buckskin (known as John),
in a funeral service held on February 15 at
Balaklava Golf Club.
John, although not a raised as a local
resident, chose tiny Hoyleton cemetery as
his fnal resting place.
Pastor Don Hayward offciated at his
funeral and the service started with the
traditional playing of the didgeridoo by
John’s nephew, Jack Buckskin.
John spent his frst 12 years growing
up on the mission at Point Pearce with his
parents, Howard and Mary (now deceased),
and six siblings.
The family moved to the Riverland,
where John met great friend, and future
Port Adelaide footballer, Russell Ebert.
These two became lifelong friends, with
rivalry left on the football feld when John
eventually played for Central Districts, and
Russell for Port.
John was remembered for kicking the
winning goal in 1974 grand fnal, giving
Waikerie its frst premiership after a 28
He had an assortment of jobs in the
Riverland, picking fruit, packing oranges
(mainly), making wine barrels and work-
ing in timber yards. John then worked for
Centrelink at Berri for 10 years.
Besides being an excellent footballer,
John excelled at cricket. He represented
SA and WA in the Prime Minister's 11
sides, and played against the West Indies.
John later met former Halbury local
Heather Downie (neeAnderson), who was
his loving companion and soulmate for the
past 11 years.
Due to their love for country life, and
Heather’s affnity for Halbury/Hoyleton,
the pair decided their fnal resting places
would be at Hoyleton cemetery.
John and Heather's favouriteAboriginal
proverb was written on the funeral service
sheet: "We are all visitors to this earth, we
are just passing through. Our purpose here
is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love and
then we return home."
John was laid to rest following a
traditional burial ceremony at Hoyleton
Australian author, Wendy
Altschwager, kicked off
the Two Wells Public
Library’s frst author event
for 2013 on Wednesday
Currently living in One
Tree Hill, Wendy spoke to
an audience of just over
40 people about her story
from grey nomad traveller
to diary writer and fnally,
Wendy’s frst two
books, "Runaway" and its
sequel "Edwina Downs"
were based around her
experiences of living in
the Western Australian
Her latest offering
"Prior Knowledge" moves
to the exciting world of
What started out as
a way of keeping track
of her travels around
Australia with husband,
John, in the form of a
diary, was in fact the
catalyst for her books.
"The last six years have
been amazing for me,"
Wendy told the gathering.
“I had no intentions of
publishing my writing,
I had no intentions of
writing a book, it was just
something to fll in time
I was having, I
wanted to get
it down for my
“It was pretty
to page, it was
all pretty much
real but embellished with
a bit of fction along the
constantly told "rural stuff
doesn't sell" Wendy went
ahead and self-published
her frst book, even taking
the cover photographs
herself and, proving the
critics wrong. It is now in
its fourth print run.
She told the group she
didn't like reading and
wrote like she spoke, but
was intent on being her
own "memory maker".
Her fourth book,
loosely titled "The
Pledge", also follows a
rural farming storyline and
The library's next
author event is being
planned for April. Contact
the Two Wells Public
Library on 8520 2100 for
information and bookings.
IN a bid to save more lives and build
community resilience, St John Ambulance
SA has equipped all its members with a
community frst aid kit.
So far, 750 kits have been handed over to
St John members in metropolitan areas, and
another 350 to country members – an average
of three kits per postcode.
St John Ambulance CEO, Sharyn Mitten,
said the project would not have been pos-
sible without the generous support of major
contributors, including the government of
South Australia, and the Australian Hotels
St John has more than 2,000 members
across the state, and there are plans to ex-
pand the project to include St John’s youth
READ MORE TWO WELLS AND DISTRICTS
NEWS IN THE MARCH ECHO. OUT NEXT WEEK.
signs Lower Light resident
Lynette Bassani’s book.
ABOVE: Paul and Evelyn Daniels (left) with Jill Barclay
at the Two Wells Public Library’s author event last
TWO Wells Public Library’s Di Henwood (centre)
caught up with Gawler residents, Audrey Stace and
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