These pages about Jack McNamara are split up as follows :
Page 1 : Ancestors & Siblings and A Family Affair
Page 3 : Essays from Power Points
Page 4 : Essays - the "A Bloke Retires" Series
Page 5 : Other Essays - Fun and Philosophy
Jack wrote a number of Letters to the Editor and some of them are produced below. One of them was about the saving a what he regarded as a heritage item, a horse water trough outside the Minto Railway Station in Minto Rd Minto. His correspondence from Campbelltown City Council about the trough is also included here.
Campbelltown Ingleburn News 20 March 1973
As a newcomer to Minto, I was pleasantly surprised to see an old concrete horse drinking trough in front of Minto railway station, standing between two stately old gum trees and in front of a modern hotel-motel.
Since many cars, and trucks, park around and about this trough each day there is always the danger that it could be demolished.
This precious piece of the past should be fenced for protection and preserved for posterity and automatically, for tourism.
I know full well that many people are generally averse to change and innovation, while many are indifferent as to what is going on around and about them
But despite this I am going to suggest something in connection with this trough, that would put Minto on the tourist map in the same way as Gundagai with its tucker box was put on the map.
My simple suggestion is to seek someone skilled and civic-minded enough to fashion a draught horse in plastic, concrete or some such material, to stand drinking from this trough.
I can well imagine quite a few laughing at this idea but they did that about the "dog and the tucker box" when it was only an idea.
If a dog and a tucker box can make a small relatively isolated town famous, I am certain that Minto, with its horse and trough, can do much better for two reasons.
Firstly, Minto is very close to a capital city and thousands of motorists are eager to visit some place of particular interest at weekends.
Secondly, there is a great affinity between a horse and a drinking trough and this will attract tourists.
I have travelled a great deal about this country and have seen a few of these troughs, but none lends itself so ideally as to Minto to my suggestion to perpetuate the memory of our earliest and almost forgotten pioneer, the draught horse.
Campbelltown will be a city in its truest sense when all the buildings and institutions are completed, so let us blend a little of the old with the very new.
If we have the foresight to act now, future generation (sic) will thank us for it. I am a retired person, and would like to meet interested persons.
One can only presume that Jack was in Launceston, possibly on holidays?
Presumably, Jack took the matter of the horse trough up directly with Campelltown City Council. Reproduced below are three letters he received from the Council.
13th March, 1973Mr. J. T. McNamara,
10th April, 1973Mr. J. T. McNamara,
23 May, 1973
Page 1Mr. J. T. McNamara,
This could be a classic case of be careful what you wish for. Jack started out with the objective of preserving the horse trough and ended up with it being pulled down and put into "safe" storage. Maybe if he'd not said anything, it wouldn't have come to Council's attention and may have stayed there for many years. We'll never know.
Campbelltown Ingleburn News (Probably) - 19 March 1974Sir,
Campbelltown Ingleburn News (Probably) - UndatedSir,
Campbelltown Ingleburn News 1 July 1975Sir,
Updated : 11 Jul 2011