I was born while my parents lived at Raymond Terrace in the state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia and my Dad (Wilf Jones) was working on the Grahamstown Water Scheme for the NSW Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission. He had joined them after WWII and worked on Glenbawn Dam near Scone, NSW. We subsequently moved to work on the construction of Kepit Dam (near Tamworth, NSW), Wyangala Dam (near Cowra, NSW), and in November 1968 we moved north to Copeton Dam (near Inverell, NSW). I therefore attended 3 different primary schools although was fortunate to be able to complete my entire high schooling at Inverell High School.
Growing up was a generally positive experience although somewhat lonely at times. From the early 1960's to 1970's we mostly lived in 'construction villages' built to support the workers and their families and at the end of construction of each dam everyone would move to their next project, although not necessarily the same one. Making long-term friends was therefore hard. Also, I had no other siblings most of the time as both of my brothers are older so had moved out before I was 10 years old. Nevertheless, the freedom afforded by basically living 'in the bush' in that era was wonderful. I have many happy memories of roaming the scrub, building 'forts' and exploring new places. I also rode my push bike a lot, including a couple of memorable day rides to Inverell and back (about 35 kilometres each way)
Particularly in my late high school years, I spent much time with mates camping, bushwalking and canoeing. Our greatest achievement was walking, fishing, and canoeing the entire length of the Gwydir River from Copeton Dam down to the town of Bingara (around 50 kilometres). They were great times and I really came to appreciate the rugged beauty of the Australian bush.
At Copeton Dam my Dad was offered the role of 'Officer in Charge' when construction was completed so we moved from the 'temporary village' to the 'permanent village' in mid-1974. The house we lived in is no longer there, having been replaced some time in decades past, but you will see where it stood if you find the home on the very peak of the hill behind the office at the western end of the Copeton Dam wall. Dad was in charge when the Dam was officially opened by the Premier of NSW, Neville Wran. Dad retired from there in the early 1980's and moved with Mum (Hazel Jones) to the NSW Central Coast.
After finishing high school I did some casual work at Copton Dam and in the Copeton Dam State Recreation Area and then attended Armidle Teachers College for 3 semesters before joining the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) in Inverell. I transferred to Sydney in the early 1980's working in the Chatswood West and St Leonards branches before working in the bank's central training department.
In 1985 I joined QBE Insurance where I spent the bulk of my career and moved into human resource management. I completed my business degree (majoring in HRM) through Mitchell College of Advanced Education/ Charles Sturt University at Bathurst, NSW. I have also worked in human resources with Sydney Airport, Calliden (acquired by Steadfast in 2014) and Parramatta Mission. Although now retired from full time work I have done some professional volunteering at Hillsong Church and with Marist Youth Care as well as working casually in the cafe and occasionally volunteering at Tyndale Christian School in Blacktown.
Although I consider myself a 'country boy' this is probably now hard to justify given that I have lived more than half my life in the 'big smoke' Sydney suburbs of Blacktown, Cabramatta, Doonside, Milsons Point, and North Sydney, and worked or volunteered at Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Chatswood, Mascot, North Sydney, Parramatta, St Leonards, and in the Sydney CBD.
I am married to Lee who I met while we were jointly leading a youth group at Cabramatta Anglican Church. We have 2 wonderful sons: one having recently completed a double-degree in environmental management and leadership; the other currently undertaking a PhD in computer science in Illinois.
My passion for looking into our family history seems to have been inherited. I have picked-up and built-on a great deal of work undertaken by my brother Garry Jones from the 1980's and later. I also note that my grandmother Gert Jones was actively involved with the Scone Historical Society so left us some wonderful memories and records as well as a trove of old family pictures and notes.
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On 6 Jun 2017 at 16:17 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:
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