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Vale – Bob Faulkner 1946-2019
We were sad to hear of the
death of Robert Norman “Bob” Faulkner on 8 March. Bob was well known to our members and was
President of the Tamworth Birdwatchers from 2006 -2014. Our sympathy goes out to his wife Ann,
children Amanda and Warren and their families.
During his tenure Bob guided the club through a number of initiatives promoting
birdwatching, such as “Breakfast With The Birds” at the Botanic Gardens, and
“An Evening With the Birds” in Bicentennial Park, which included a children’s
photographic competition. The group
developed a static display incorporating enlarged photos taken by members and
took part in activities such as the Gwydir Wetlands promotion in the foyer of
the Council Chambers. Those years also
saw an increased level of lobbying about environmental issues, the continuation
of our Bird Routes project and the founding of the Jack Peattie Scholarship for
local bird research. It was a time of
growth and thanks go to Bob for his contribution.
Bob was well known in the wider community for his work to preserve
aboriginal culture. He was a respected
elder of the Anaiwan tribe, had an incredible knowledge of the bush and was
responsible for the artworks found in the Moonbi and Moore Creek Ranges. He promoted his culture in many ways such as
leading tours to various art sites, talking to schools and community groups and
performing a Welcome to Country at functions ranging from charity fund raisers and the opening of my art exhibition, to the opening
What people may not be so aware of is his earlier history. The son of a Black Tracker, Bob’s initial
years were spent in an aboriginal settlement near Uralla, where home was
anything from a hut to a car body. If he
wanted to go to town, it had to be on the back of a truck.
Bob started work as a telegram boy, then began to work his way up in
the PMG. At the age of 37 he spent a
year at McCarthy College gaining his HSC.
In 1980 he moved to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs where he held
senior positions at both the regional and state levels as well as at the central
office in Canberra. He addressed the
United Nations forum on Indigenous Peoples in Geneva in 1988. In 2002 Tamworth City Council awarded him a
Certificate of Recognition for “Services to the Tamworth community”. He was also given an award for services to
Local Government after serving fifteen years as a councillor on the Parry Shire
Council. He was a Rotarian and a
marriage celebrant. Two of our current
members, Chris and David McKinnon were married by him.
Bob lived with his wife Ann, also a long-time member and past
secretary of our club, at Moonbi. Their garden and nearby trees attracted
numbers of birds. In more recent years
Bob developed his interest in photography and his bird photos were a feature on
Facebook where he regularly posted them.
A number of his images are also in Tamworth Birdwatchers’ image library
and three of them were selected for the latest batch of greeting cards produced
During his early days, Bob often spent time along the river at
Bendemeer and loved the area. On a
weekend bird camp some years ago at Felicity Baker’s property near Gunnedah, he
learnt that a tract of land she owned on the outskirts of Bendemeer was for
sale. Only two days later he had bought
it! Warrama is a lovely spot and he
hosted club visits there on two subsequent occasions.
He was also an
ardent collector of rural Australian memorabilia, bird paintings, Aboriginal
artefacts, and was the proud owner of a grey Ferguson tractor. Visiting his home was like a visit to a
museum and you were always made welcome.
We’ll miss you
One of many photos taken by Bob Faulkner
Jack Peattie Research Grant
In recognition of one of our cofounders, Tamworth Birdwatchers Inc. is offering a grant of up to $500 to a researcher carrying out field research on Australian native birds, preferably within the Tamworth Region. Applications must be in writing and be received by the club no later than June 30 each year. Conditions apply.
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or please contact the club, in writing at the above address, or by phoning the President at the above number.
Wood Duck family
Photo: Geoff Mitchell
are held at 7.30.pm on the 4 Thursday of the month at the Tamworth
Bridge Club, 7 Hilton St.
Tamworth from February to November inclusive.
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Saturday following the Social Meeting, please confirm your attendance with the
delegated Leader. Usually meet at the car park behind the Tamworth Community Centre in Darling St, ready to leave at
8.00am or 9.00am depending on destination and time of year. Bring morning tea, lunch, folding
chair, notebook and pencil, hat and binoculars
Some of our members birdwatching near Deepwater
Photo: Annabel Ashworth
TUESDAY MORNING BIRDWATCHING. The 2nd and 4th
Tuesdays of each month February to November.
Meet at the car park behind the Tamworth Community Centre in Darling St, at 9am (8am during the hotter months). The contact person is Joan Dunne Phone 6762 4553. These are great mornings and
all members are welcome.
VISITORS TO TAMWORTH ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE CLUB
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