By Garth Morrison Editor GoSeeAustralia.com.au and GoSeeNewZealand.co.nz
Last night at the VicParks Gala Dance-off at the extremely well done Noveltel, sorry Novotel Resort, at Victorian, country town Creswick, near Ballarat GoSee listened to Legendary stuff.
As your correspondent is old enough to have spent time at a holiday guesthouse in surf-side Victorian Anglesea being told by King Mings aunt, in no uncertain terms, that Australians were lazy and would lose their country GoSee offers bitter experience as grounds for opinion.
Which means there are many kinds of 'Legends". Bob Menzies certainly is and GoSee is pleased to say the Legendary Prime Minister's aunts salty comment came while the great statesman was still working on growing his legendary eyebrows.
Kel Arnott got what he deserves last night and Victoria's 'Parkies' named him among their Legends. Young Mr Traralgon Park Lane Tourist Park and heir apparent to resort style retirement product, Luke Hellings got a place on the Park Legends starting blocks last night as he was named Young Achiever of the Year. Luke gets an all paid-up excursion to the next national CRVA caravan industry conference on the Gold Coast.
John Wynn, the VicParks Legend mentioned first in this self-indulgent musing, has the kind of handshake which comes standard with men who mean what they say and are prepared to stand behind it. He shares that trait generally with the caravan park industry Legends, of both sexes, who make up a remarkable elite in a valueable industry which strangley still continues to be equated by some media as a breeding ground for criminal "trailer trash".
GoSee of course respects the right of media industry colleagues to express their opinions, but offers the caravan industries Legendary leaders as a balanced research resource. GoSee thinks it is unlikely that extreme criminal actions are somehow linked to people who choose to live in and use caravan parks.
Kel Arnott is this years Victorian Caravan Parks Legends addition. More than 250 of his caravan park conference delegate colleagues think enough of his contribution to caravan parks, tourism and the Australian travelling public to give him a standing ovation. They even rendered (the obvious pun is resisted. Murdered is obviously out) For He's a Jolly Good Fellow, the sentiment was good, the singing is best described as willing.
The Victorian industry grows and this posed the problem of finding a venue where one venue fits all needs. Creswick is front runner again. This comes because industry Legend Des Watts stepped outside the box again and suggested that more stands for caravan industry supporting product be accommodated in the area used this year by the caravan park delegates.
The delegates will perhaps move to an adjacent marque (heated) in full appreciation of Creswick's ability to turn on bracing weather in early Spring.
When delegate deliberations hit the amazing stipends paid some professional guest speakers and the strain that places on VicPark budgets Des Watts said the huge reserve of knowledge and talent within the caravan parks industry itself was a resource.
So true. Take caravan park Legend John Wynn, he once flew a tiny Victa aircraft from Britain to Australia via India. That's Victa the people who built the Legendary Victa motor mower.
John's pilot friendKeith Buttrey flew with him in the Victa Airtourercalled Little Nugget. In the late 1960's, John Wynn bought the Victa Airtourer VH-MUJ and flew in theLondon to Sydney Air Race of 1969/1970.
Along the way he and his co-pilot Keith Buttreymet Legends great and small. Among the Greats was Jean Batten, arguably the greatest of the women who pioneered the international air route to Australia. Jean, a Kiwi was honored with a Maori chiefs feathered cloak when she flew the Tasman.
Her Maori name is Hine O te Rangi. It means Daughter of the Skies. Rotorua's Daughter of the Skies made our world smaller.
In 1909 Hine O te Rangi, Jean Batten CBE, Daughter of the Skies, to the Te Arawa people was born in Rotorua. Te Arawa people arrived on the Arawa canoe in the mid-14th century from Hawaiki, the legendary home of all Maori in Eastern Polynesia (Hawaiki). They moved inland and settled in the Rotorua and Taupo-National Park area.
In 1936 Jean Batten (28) already recognised as a world celebrity New Zealand's pioneer aviatrix sent Auckland into raptures when she landed her tiny Percival Gull on a small grass airstrip at Mangere after crossing the Tasman in 10 and a half hours.
Emerging from the cockpit glamorous in makeup and white flying suit she was greeted by a crowd estimated at 6000. Jean flew 14,224 miles in 11 days 45 minutes direct from England to New Zealand and set a record which stood for 44 years.
Jean became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia - and back in 1935. She smashed Amy Johnson's England-Australia record by five days in 1934 landing in Darwin in 14 days 22 hours.
In 1936 her touchdown in Sydney drew big crowds and intense interest.
As Bob Menzies auntie indicated a presentation on getting on with it when the going gets tough should fly. Editor's Note: A byline on a GoSee story indicates opinion.
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