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McGraw Hill. He was awarded a Companion in the Order
of Australia in 2005 for service to leadership in the global
business community, commitment to corporate social
responsibility, contributions in the field of education and
support for community based development initiatives.
Daft was inducted into the City of Cessnock Hall of
Fame in 2006.
A football representative for Australia at the 1956
Melbourne Olympic Games, Paxton-born Pettigrew
attended Cessnock High School and played junior soccer
with Aberdare Rangers.
He gave long service at Cessnock City before moving to
Gladesville-Ryde and Prague clubs, and then finishing his
career as a player-coach with Belmont-Swansea. He played
more than 320 first-grade matches and is a life member of
He made his debut for Australia in the fourth Test
against South Africa in 1955. At the Olympic Games he
played fullback in a 2-0 win against Japan and a 4-2 defeat
by India, and also played for Australia against Blackpool in
1958 and Hearts of Midlothian in 1959.
Pettigrew served 38 years with Hunter Water before
retiring as northern regional manager.
Bond was a pioneer of motorcycle racing in Cessnock and
he and Sandy George helped reform the Cessnock Motor
Cycling Club in 1946, which went on to build a dirt bike
track called Astley Park.
''Brandy'' Bond was known for painting murals of
outstanding characters in Cessnock, including one of
himself. In 1952-53 a proper racing circuit was built on old
aerodrome land at South Cessnock, called Jubilee Circuit,
and racing continued there until it was
forced to close by the introduction of
the Speedway Control Bill which
demanded safety fences beyond
the finances of the club.
A great soccer goalscorer,
Drinkwater won national,
state and district honours
and scored three goals for Australia against China in 1957.
Born in Cessnock in 1917, Falk was educated in Sydney
and trained as a pharmaceutical chemist at the University
During World War II his research led to his appointment
as chief chemist of the Bayer Company in Sydney where
some of his work was patented and is still in use today.
After the war he worked in Australia and the UK, and
obtained his PhD at the University of London.
From 1955 to 1970 he was at the CSIRO where he was
chief research officer and head of the division
of plant industry. He was a Fellow o
Royal Australian Chemical Institute
office bearer of several scientific
organisations and author of more
than 50 publications and reviews.
Falk was an accomplished
flautist and was president of the
Canberra Orchestral Society and
helped establish a Canberra
school of music.
He died in 1970 and was
inducted into the City of
Cessnock Hall of Fame in 2007.
<< GRIFFITH DUNCAN
In 1949 Duncan, as founding
principal, opened the Newcastle
Teachers' College where he
worked until retirement in 1975,
seeing the college evolve into
Newcastle College of Advanced
Education and then the Hunter Ins
of Higher Education.
Born in Kurri Kurri in 1914 and educated at
Kurri and then Maitland Boys' High, he completed his
teacher training and taught at Newcastle Junior High
School. In 1940 he gained a degree in mathematics with
first-class honours and was awarded the University Medal,
and the same year began more than five years' service with
the RAAF. After the war he taught in various places before
returning to Newcastle.
He was awarded an OBE in 1968 and the Griffith
Duncan Theatre at the University of
Newcastle was named in his
honour in 1975. He died in
1988 and was inducted into the
Cessnock City Hall of Fame in
Just over 100 years ago
and from that
Hunter stores Savemore's
and Shoey's descended.
After about a decade at Wollombi, Owens moved to
Newcastle and his sons joined him in business, setting up
grocery stores and moving into a new kind of shopping,
self service, under the name Savemore's. Their first shop
opened in Newcastle in 1956 and their first new-breed
supermarket in Kurri Kurri in 1970.
At Savemore's peak there were 33 stores in the Hunter,
but in 1978 the company was divided between family
members and another Richard Owens, the grandson
of the Wollombi storekeeper, took over a food division
including the Shoey's Food Barn at Bennett's Green, and
he built the Shoey's empire.
ime Owens sold Shoey's to Coles in
n a merger with Bi Lo, the company
45 outlets, around 2000 employees
d annual turnover of more than $220
Richard Owens still operates out of
Newcastle with various businesses,
including Ice Box liquor stores.
<< HENRY LINDEMAN
A founder of the Australian wine
industry, Dr Henry John Lindeman
was born in 1811 at Egham in
England and trained as a surgeon,
working on naval ships.
In 1840 he and his wife Eliza
migrated to Australia and opened a
edical practice at Gresford. In 1843
bought Cawarra Estate and built a
ard, becoming a member of the
River Vineyard Association and its
n 1863 and 1870.
In 1851, after his stores, cellars and wine were
destroyed by fire, he went to the Victorian goldfields as
a doctor and miner to get funds to rebuild his winery,
and finished up buying vineyards around Corowa as well
as rebuilding Cawarra. In 1870 he moved his business to
Sydney because of its growth, but continued producing
wines from the Hunter.
Lindeman died at Cawarra on May 23, 1881, and is
buried in the Anglican cemetery at Gresford.
Cessnock Library also acknowledged the work of local
historian W.S.Parkes, after whom their library local
studies room is named, for his work on the history of the
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player Percy Lennard
scored the first-ever
football goal on home
soil against New
Zealand in 1923.
when he rode his
3323 winner at Port
Macquarie in 2008.
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