Brian loved his family and life in the bush

BRYAN Donald Jamieson, (who preferred Brian), was a man very proud of his family, wife Alma and his six sons and one daughter and their respective families.

Born at Murrumburrah NSW, on August 23, 1933, he was one of six children to Don and Enie Jamieson.

His older sister Georgina Mary died at birth, as did a younger sister Moyra. Brian is survived by his older brother Knox, his older sister Shirley and younger brother Donald.

Born into a rural family on their farm "Nimby West", Brian loved the land, cattle, sheep, horses, dogs and turkeys.

Men of Bryan (Brian) Jamieson's era lived by a set of standards forged from two world wars and the depression.
Men of Bryan (Brian) Jamieson's era lived by a set of standards forged from two world wars and the depression. Contributed

A four-year stint from 1946/49 at boarding school at St Patrick's, Goulbourn failed to ignite any genuine interests in academia and Brian settled into working the family dairy with his father and Knox.

He had a stint in national service then later he managed a sheep and wool property at nearby, Binalong.

Rural Youth was an organisation that fostered youth activities and it was where, Brian first met Alma O'Connor. Brian and Alma celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary last December and to the end he described Alma as his best and most loved friend.

Their first child Neil was born in February 1957 and Mark followed in January of 1959. A month later the young family packed up and moved to Springsure in central Queensland to a cattle station called "Connemarra". Three more children were added, Christopher, Angela and Rodney.

The life of a stockman and general jackaroo really appealed to Brian.

He loved to work with his brother Don and brother-in-law Max and mix with the Aboriginal stockmen and delighted in telling yarns and sharing stories after a hard day in the saddle.

After six years Brian, Alma and family headed back to Harden-Murrumburrah where the births of Luke and Donald completed the family.

The family's life took another major turn after Brian injured his back in a farm accident in 1973.

It was back to Queensland for the family as Alma and Brian cobbled together enough money to buy the Scarness Newsagency.

The move to Hervey Bay in 1974 was the start of a 40-year residency. Importantly, St Joseph's Catholic Church had been the focal point of Brian's strong Catholic faith. His social skills were his extraordinary talent.

His laid-back 'she'll be right' attitude and broad knowledge on most matters enabled him to lecture and listen with ease. People enjoyed his company and he theirs.

His children were in awe of his ability to find and know people from the middle of a city to the remotest rural outpost.

He particularly liked engaging "old beardy fellas" who he considered had sufficient experience to provide "sage" advice.

Men of Brian's era lived by a set of standards forged from two world wars and the Depression.

Their personal values, clear sense of responsibility and firm view on right and wrong ensured they were men you could count on when the chips were down, men who wouldn't ignore an injustice.

After a few years, the family sold the newsagency and Brian continued to apply his skills in a number of ways including stints as a council water inspector, truck driver, real estate agent, dog catcher, fruit picker and contract harvester.

He was dedicated to the Hervey Bay Seagulls as a committeeman and a selector and enjoyed success with back-to-back premierships in 1982/83.

He loved the family home at Kululu Crescent, Scarness and the many great parties it hosted.

Brian suffered myriad medical conditions. Remarkably, his mind stayed strong and sharp.

To balance things out during his various ailments, Brian bought a caravan and he and Alma travelled most of Australia into all those backwaters where he felt most at ease.

Brian's family all had recent opportunities to say farewell and when his big heart gave out it was time to rejoice and celebrate a life well lived.

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