Maryborough Clay Target Club
Honouring the members who have gone before us
ACTA No 07324
11th November 1916 to 18th January 2006
Harry was a loyal member of Maryborough Clay Target Club for many years.
During the seventies and early eighties, while still a resident of Victoria, Harry was a winter visitor to the club when he and his wife Leila came up to their holiday home in Hervey Bay. After retirement Harry and Leila moved permanently to Hervey Bay and Harry became a member of the club on November 24th 1985. Members from those early days have fond memories of Harry on his hands and knees beside a trench, up to his armpits in mud, relocating the sewerage pipes at the club. Whenever there was a plumbing job to be done, Harry was there. He was pretty good at laying bricks too. As long as he was physically able he was always ready to lend a hand when there was work to be done.
Apart from shooting at Maryborough, Harry rarely missed a shoot at our neighbouring clubs. On the first Sunday of the month he was competing in Bundaberg and on the second Sunday in Gympie. Both these clubs will remember Harry for his support. Harry was a quiet, unassuming man - a perfect gentleman and a sportsman with never a bad word to say about anyone.
When Harry was no longer able to work at the club, he thought about what contribution he could make to club improvements. The club was in the process of upgrading to automatic traps and one of them bears the engraved plate - "Harry's Trap - Donated to Maryborough Clay Target Club by Harry Walker, 2004". Harry was awarded Life Membership of Maryborough Clay Target Club in November 2004 and although he will be sadly missed, his name will live on in the history of the club for ever.
ACTA No 23985
22nd October 1928 to 18th June 2007
The club lost a valued member and great friend when Darrell King lost his valiant battle with cancer on June 18th 2007.
A well-known Maryborough identity, Darrell joined the club in 1981 and was one of those treasured members, always there and always smiling, at meetings, shoots and when there was work to be done. Those old White Flyer traps hummed under his care for many years and the day before a shoot you could be sure a familiar figure in blue overalls would be guiding his whipper-snipper around the grounds.
Members have fond memories of Darrell's skills, such as a shooter breaking a firing pin late one Saturday afternoon at practice, the day before a major competition, and Darrell going home and making one ready for the morning.
Shooting was a major part of Darrell's life and his dearest wish was to escape the clutches of C Grade - he almost made it a few times but sadly it was not to be. However he had a ton of fun trying. Darrell's smiling face and Betty's cream scones were such welcome regulars at every shoot at Maryborough, with rarely a shoot missed in almost twenty-seven years.
His other love was motor-cycle riding and he did have a few months away from shooting in the 1980s when a motorist ran a red light and collected Darrell, leaving him with injuries which nearly ended his shooting days, but he wasn't having that and made an amazing come-back. Nature's gentleman and sportsman, Darrell was well-respected and highly regarded by everyone who knew him and we will miss him.
Norman John Dale - Norm (Lost Bird)
ACTA M/N 35665 30th
September 30th 1929 to 23rd March 2011
Norm first joined Maryborough Clay Target Club in 1986, when he retired and moved from Kingaroy to Hervey Bay. Many shooters will remember Lost Bird's column in the CTSN, "Maryborough Tid-Bits", which contained anecdotes and jokes from around the traps and was printed from the mid 1980s to the early 2000s.
Norm gained much pleasure from visiting other clubs, talking to shooters and jotting down notes and results for his monthly contribution to the journal. Unfortunately in 2006 ill health forced Norm to cease his beloved sport and on the 23rd of March 2011 his battle was over.
Norm has now caught up with his mates Harry Walker and Darryl King and will be busy spinning yarns again.
ACTA M/N 56620
October 16th 1945 to October 14th 2017
Trevor had many strings to his bow apart from clay target shooting. A respected and well-liked Hervey Bay businessman, past President of Hervey Bay Sailing Club, secretary of Field and Game, Fraser Coast Citizen of the Year in 2014 acknowledging half a century of involvement in many fields of community support - the list goes on. An avid saxophone player with his band, Trevor was a great musician with a long involvement with Maryborough Excelsior City Brass Band, as his father before him.
Trev was President of Maryborough Clay Target Club from 2007 to 2015 and you always knew when Trev was in the clubhouse - his infectious laughter was unmistakeable. Whenever he was not doing his share of weekend work at his business Trev was on the tracks at one of our neighbouring clubs and he will be missed throughout the clay target shooting fraternity.
The members of MCTC will remember Trevor as a good sportsman, a gentleman who was not afraid to speak his mind and a good friend.