I was born at the Port Lincoln hospital in 1950 and grew up with my parents Peter and Aela McFarlane and my brothers Robert and Pip.
I attended Port Lincoln Primary and then the Port Lincoln High School until completing Year 11.
‘The Fountain’ was my home for 23 years, many happy times were spent with my family, neighbours, uncles, aunties, cousins, family friends and school mates at the farm.
Although my Grandfather Muir McFarlane was one of the founders of Waybacks and the Port Lincoln Football League, due to our proximity to Wangary, Robert and I started playing football for Marble Range in their first junior colts team in 1960.
We were soundly beaten in every game but I don’t remember ever being beaten with a zero score line.
The highlights of 17 years with Rangers were the lifelong friendships forged, the 1978 premiership, Lincoln Districts involvement and playing on the Eyre Peninsula representative team.
I met a girl, Lyn Schneider, through the South East Rural Youth Club in 1968. We were married in 1971 and had three children; Karen in 1972, Paula in 1975 and Hamish in 1980.
In 1975 I left the farm and became a bricklayer and a general builder in 1977.
Working in the building industry has been very satisfying especially now when my apprentices have gone on to be successful businessmen. Mateships formed over many years in the industry are so rewarding.
Sport has played an important role in our family life. Playing football in Darwin ended when we left Christmas Day 1974 because of cyclone Tracy.
A 26 year involvement (for both Lyn and I) with the Boston Football Club continued after being asked to coach in 1981.
I admire the integrity and strength of character required of our members to survive and thrive. I am honoured to be a life member of the Boston Football Club.
Cricket was another passion. i played for Wanilla, winning a premiership, playing in Country Carnival and after the club was disbanded I played for the Boston Cricket Club…..great times!
In 1990 the family moved to Hervey Bay for a sea change.
We spent 10 very happy years, saw the kids grow up, marry and begin their families. Sport involvement continued with football and netball.
Highlights were many visitors from down south, whale watching and Easter weekends on Fraser Island with Queensland friends.
Lyn and I returned to Port Lincoln to spend time with our parents and because we had “Gone Coastie”.
To me my family is the most important thing in my life.
We now have nine grandchildren; Tascha, Fraser, Darcy and Fletcher Jordison in Port Lincoln, Georgia and twins Charlotte and Emma Harris and Matilda and Sadie McFarlane North and South of Brisbane.
Karen is a teacher, Hamish is a Flight Sargent in the Royal Australian Air Force, his wife Stephanie is a teacher, Anthony is an electrical engineer and Paula is a full time mum who is waiting to continue her career as a PA.
My Bucket List includes retirement, making many trips to Queensland and spending time with family and friends.