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Wynnum Central State School is expected to celebrate the opening of its new multipurpose courts in the next few weeks.
Past student of WCSS, Ron Cushing, bequeathed his estate to Wynnum Central State School Parents and Citizens Association, for the children’s sports.
Teacher, Mr Greg Johnston said “He (Ron Cushing) originally wanted a roller skating rink or a swimming pool for the students but with the risk of injuries and the cost of paid pool maintenance, they were not viable options.”
Creative Court Concepts Pty Ltd has nearly completed the construction of the courts costing $103,600.
P & C President, Mrs Sharon Denby confirmed that without Mr Cushing’s generous donation, the school world not have received any of the grants made available to them.
Mr Cushing donated $35,000, which the P & C left in a bank account to earn interest.
“A Smart Schools Subsidy Scheme grant and Education Queensland provided the rest of the money needed,” said Mrs Denby.
Wynnum Central State School currently has only one large oval and the multipurpose courts will serve the students well says Mr Johnston.
The courts that will be used on a daily basis for tennis, basketball, netball and volleyball.
They are yet to be named and officially opened.
Before his death, Ron Cushing’s passion was to visit his old school, some people believed that he was lonely and just needed a chat.
The children of Wynnum Central State School learnt a realm of things, like, what it was like to go to school in the 1930’s and what it was like to be in a war.
Ronald Frederick Cushing was born in Brisbane on November 19, 1926 and died alone in Brisbane on March 29, 2003.
Ron grew up in the Wynnum/Manly area and was eight years old when he first attended Wynnum Central State School, “… when the butcher and baker came around on a horse.”
“Children would go down to the beach at Wynnum or Manly at night, both girls and boys, get together to talk and often get into mischief but not destructive mischief, only mild.
“Those of us who got together on the beach were often chased by a local policeman, as there was a police station at Manly and one at Wynnum and if you were caught, you got a kick in the pants, which to those not caught was funny,” said Ron (from the Wynnum Herald).
At school, Ron played sports such as rugby league, hockey and athletics.
He also played in the school FIFE band and was the first student to use double bass drum sticks (from Wynnum Central State School, Celebrating over 100 years of Education. 1896-1996).
Ron (who could be called a skylark at times), would replace the wrapped lollies on the teachers desk (gifts from the school girls) with soap.
“He [the teacher] went straight out the door and we found a chewed up bit of soap at the bottom of the steps,” said Ron (from the Wynnum Herald).
In 1941, Ron Cushing failed his scholarship year (senior primary) and decided to turn his attentions to the army.
At the age of 13 years, he had talked his mother and local doctor into signing the necessary papers for joining the army.
He recalled the shocked faces of his fellow pupils when he turned up to school in army uniform (from the Wynnum Herald).
It is believed that he only served a short time in the army at this time.
While waiting in the inoculation line at Redbank training camp he was spotted coincidently by his unsuspecting father.
His father (who knew nothing of his son joining the army), pulled Ron out of the inoculation line, by the ear, and took him home to his mother.
Ron was subsequently discharged from the army.
Ron joined the army again, in November 1950, but this time, his musical talents were recognized early and he was posted to the Northern Command Band until he was sent to Korea (from the Australian War Memorial Collection Database).
Ron was placed with the Regimental Band of 2RAR, where during the heavy fighting at The Hook, members of the drum corps and the bandmaster acted as the local defense section at the battalion command post (from Australian War Memorial).
Ron served 320 days in Korea and joined the Citizens Military Force in 1956.
Current Wynnum Central State School student, Liam Clark, remembers Ron attending the school for the 2002 ANZAC Day celebrations.
“He stood on the front stairs of the school and told the story of how he enlisted when he was thirteen years old,” said Liam.
He was awarded with a Senior’s Award for his work with youth (particularly the skating) by ex Federal Member for Bowman Mr. Con Sciacca (from the Wynnum Herald).
Many of the staff and students of Wynnum Central State School remember Ron fondly.
Parent, Annette Rolley, recalls his ANZAC Day contribution but also that he was a “lovely man.”
“Ron would be here by morning tea and at lunch he would sit with the children and tell them stories about Wynnum Central State School.
“I think it is very important for the children to realize that their history is vital for growth,” said Nola Schmidt, Teacher Aide.
Current Teacher, Mr. Greg Johnston said, “As well as every ANZAC Service, Ron would make it a ritual to participate as a guest presenter for the end of year award ceremonies.
“Before he passed away, we had an annual Ron Cushing Award for the Highest Achiever.”
“I believe he must have been a very lonely man and he just needed the company,” said Mrs. Schmidt.
Sadly, Mr. Cushing passed away in 2003.
Though, he left a generous donation to the school, which has enabled them to get some badly needed multipurpose courts.
Principle of Wynnum Central State School, Mr. Peter James, said, “Ron made it explicitly clear that his wish was for the proceeds of his estate were to go towards a facility the school children could use.”
The children of Wynnum Central State School will now play happily on their new courts and I am sure Ron Cushing’s spirit is playing with them.
(Please note (27 August, 2014): This article was written in 2006, it is the addition of an assignment submitted to UQ newspace (an online portal). I will post the entire assignment in the following days and touch on the subject of Wynnum Central State School. Additionally, what a pity I did not source my in-text references correctly, as we don’t get the full range of dates and so on to go with the history of the story.)
For extra information on Ron Cushing, go to; http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/HOBJ4705/
Australian War Memorial Collections Database (1953). “Ron Cushing.” https://cas.awm.gov.au/TST2/cst.acct_master?sur1=921172903ZZZZXGCXNRHO148252&stype=3&simplesearch=&v_vmo=&product_id=&screen (Accessed April 24, 2006)
Clark, Liam (2006). Personal Interview 23 April.
Elwell, Grant (Education Queensland) (2006). Telephone Interview 19 April.
Rolley, Annette (2006). Personal Interview 24 April.
Schmidt, Nola (2006). Personal Interview 24 April.
Johnstone, Greg (2006). Personal Interview 24 April.
___ (1996), “Wynnum Central State School: Celebrating over 100 years of Education, 1896-1996.” –n.p.
___ (1996), “Ron ‘rocked up’ in uniform.” Wynnum Herald 21 Febuary, Edition 1.
___ (2000), “Rolling Ron Remembers School.” Wynnum Herald 12 January, Edition 1.
___ (2000), “Briefs.” Wynnum Herald 25 October, Edition 1.
___ (2000), “Special award to seniors.” Wynnum Herald 01 November, Edition 1.
___ (2005), “Funds boost sports plans.” Wynnum Herald 05 January, Edition 1.
Court Reporting 8 October 2001
A Toowoomba man pleaded guilty in the Toowoomba Magistrate’s Court yesterday, to charges of drink driving and breaking and entering.
Police allege Mathew Howard, 26, with two associates, broke into a house in Malbec Court on August 19.
They allegedly stole property worth $4870.
Neighbours told police that a beige Volkswagen Kombi was in the parking lot at the time of the burglary.
On September 7, Howard was driving on Mort Street when police stopped him for a random breath test.
His blood alcohol level was recorded at 0.170%.
After searching the vehicle, police found clothes matching the description of what the offender was wearing.
He told the court that he had a substance abuse problem, which was related to the death of his mother.
Howard was ordered to pay one third of the total amount stolen and was placed on three years probation.
I heard the extremely sad news of Robin Williams parting yesterday on the radio and couldn’t believe it. Though, this was confirmed on facebook, the television and all news casts. The world is dumbfounded and clearly upset by the news that a person whom is so inspirational and much loved could feel so alone and desperate.
This post is to appreciate the Robin Williams that the world loved.
The world mourns you, Robin Williams…
The first time I remember seeing Robin Williams on the big screen was in Popeye. The 1980 movie was being shown by my father (a sergeant in the Australian Army and part time cinema projectionist) at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, Queensland. (Side note: My father was an inamorato of all things comics and this was very much bestowed to his children.) I was in awe of this “musical comedy, live-action film adaption” (Wikepedia 2014) and clearly remember Popeye (aka Robin Williams) doing back flips on the water at the end of the movie (I was only six at the time). It was then that I fell in love with the actor Robin Williams.
Although I was quite young, the introduction of Mork in “Happy Days” was memorable but it was the television series “Mork and Mindy” that left an imprint on my soul. It taught me that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you are, there is always someone out there that will love you. The frantic and chaotic relationships and happenings of the series related to everyone and simply, allowed us to laugh.
This laughter continued until his untimely death and now we are all shedding a tear.
Robin Williams has always been one of my favourite “celebrities” and I have so many favourite memories and will try and give justice to a few of those delightful moments. Williams playing the part of Peter Pan in “Hook”, when Tinkerbell looks at him closely, smooths out his wrinkles and says, “It is you Peter, I can see you.” “Good Morning Vietnam” helped many ex-Vietnam Vets (especially my father) with their healing and recognition of “the war that was not won.” The story of “Patch Adams” is truly inspirational and how can you forget the demons of a single father trying to get close to his family in “Mrs DoubtFire.” Additionally, his serious roles touched a chord amongst fans.
It is obvious that Williams was a deep thinker and chose all of these roles to tell the world of the moral story – whether funny or serious. It is said that this deep thinking was Williams’ demise but it is that deep thinking that will forever live on. Robin Williams, I thank you for inciting my thinking, I thank you for making me laugh and most of all I am sorry that everything got the better of you. You will be remembered with much love.
As my friend Katherine Keegan posted on facebook, “So another amazing talent succumbs to the agony of depression….please people if U are suffering reach out …hands will be there to grasp you and pull you from the abyss….please!!!! the world needs more of the deep thinkers that are so prone to this hideous disease.”
Keegan 2014, Facebook Post, viewed 12 August 2014, http://www.facebook.com/katherine.keegan.18?fref=ts
Wikepedia 2014, Popeye (1980 film), viewed 13 August 2014, en.wikepedia.og/wiki/Popeye_(1980_film).
When I am driving down Lota Esplanade onto Bellevue Parade, I can’t help but get excited over this sign. It could be my idiosyncratic water nymph yearning to transpire or simply, a joy at observing the sea lapping at my front door.
Though, the thought of my house (or others) being flooded is serious. The Brisbane City Council offer an Early Warning Alert service and can be found at http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.