Trundle and Tullamore News


Elizabeth (Betty) May Locke (Geisler)

Born to Mary and Lou Geisler May 17, 1937, youngest of four daughters Elizabeth May Geisler soon began being called Betty by her parents.

Betty attended school at Keelvin Grove and then to PLC in Orange for high school where she had a burst appendix and nearly died so her high school career was cut short and she returned to work on the farm.

Betty drove the tractor and did farm work that a son would have done.

Mary didn’t drive so Betty used to drive her mother into Tullamore from the age of approx. 14 to do the shopping.

The police used to turn a blind eye so long as she parked under the tree near the outskirts of Tullamore and they walked up the street and did the shopping then returned to the car and Betty drove home.

Betty moved to Parkes with Grandma at about 17 and commenced work with GJ Coles and Co,

Betty went to Rushworth with Muriel Clements and stayed with her Uncle Frank and Auntie Esmae Geisler. It was on this trip that she met Don, through her cousin Graeme who worked at Locke Bros.

They were engaged on her 18th birthday (May 17, 1955) and married on the March 31, 1956, two months before she turned 19.

When first married they lived at Murchison for about 12 months and then moved back to Parkes where Jennifer was born in December 1957.

Betty went on to carry a second child who was still born in November 1959 and named David. A third child and son Robert was born March 3, 1963.

A fourth child Colin was born the March 1, 1967.  He passed away unexpectedly on the July 25, 2004.

Don and Betty moved to Trundle in March 1964 where they were until July 2012 when Jenny moved them to Albury so they were closer and she was able to spend more time with them.

During the years they were in Trundle Don operated his plumbing business and Betty cared for the children and also did some babysitting while the children were young.

Betty loved her tennis and playing cards(euchre and 500). She played tennis as a teenager and also was involved in the ladies competition in Trundle.  

Betty used to go to all card game competitions in Trundle and many a social evening was held at home with family and friends.  

Betty also loved to play Bingo and would go along in Trundle and also in Albury when she visited after Jenny moved to Albury when she married.  

When Betty lived in Albury Jenny used to take her to bingo and only went a few weeks ago at the SS and A club.

Betty was a good cook and knitter and has passed these skills to Jennifer and Robert(who could forget when he cooked rabbit, took it to na ball and told everyone it was chicken).  

Her granddaughter Alison has inherited her knitting skills and also spins. Karen as a mother to three young children is a good cook and concentrates on cooking healthy meals for her family.

Don and Betty opened Trundle Plumbing and Hardware and she worked in the shop.  

Don was very successful as a Davey Pump rep and they had a few trips away with this company, one of them was to Alice Springs and they had a great time including a flight over Ayers Rock.

Betty and Don did some travel around Australia when they could before health issues put a stop to that.  

Robert had moved to WA so they visited him at Karratha and then several times at Broome where he is still based.  Betty couldn’t swim and had a fear of the water so didn’t go out fishing, but Don did a t every opportunity.  

They also travelled to MacKay when Jennifer was living up north and during this trip they spent a couple of nights on Hamilton Island,  they also travelled to the Gold Coast with Dot and Ray when Jennifer was living there.

Betty enjoyed a family time with her sisters and their families Christmas was a family affair.

Betty was never a drinker but in later years did enjoy a flutter on the poker machines.  Before moving to Albury she often used to meet her friend Betty at the club on Sunday for lunch and a flutter.

If she had a win she was happy to say so, however if they weren’t paying you didn’t hear about the loss.

Betty was always very proud of all her children and happy to share stories of their successes.

Grandchildren Alison, Karen, Andrew, Kelly, Eric, Jack and Jessica brought a great deal of joy into Betty’s life.  Betty used to often have Alison, Karen and Andrew in school holidays and they all attended swimming lessons in Trundle.  

Betty tried to spend as much time as she could with her grandchildren and loved to receive photos in the post.  She received many photo’s of Kelly and Eric over the years.

Betty’s first great grandchild Indie was born December 2011, followed by Kaise in July 2013 and Lena December 2015.  As they live in New Zealand she has loved seeing photo’s and video’s as they grow and change.  

Karen did bring Lena to meet Betty last week which brought a smile to her face.  Due to her illness and infection Betty was unable to nurse of cuddle Lena but was able to hold her hand and enjoy seeing her beautiful smiles.

Betty had several close calls throughout her lifetime starting with whooping cough as a baby and was turning blue when the other girls rushed her to mum who was down the yard in the loo.  

Secondly she was lucky to survive her burst appendix that ended her high school career, then she nearly didn’t come back to us after two blood clots to her lungs when she was 60 and her recovery was quite long.  

This time the infection in her blood took hold and her will to live was not strong enough, she peacefully slipped away to join Don and Colin, on October 2, 2016. (may she rest in peace).

Trundle Mens shed 

Garage sale on Saturday, October 22 from 9am-1pm at the Anglican Church.  Stall holders welcome $15.  Must be insured.  Goods can also be left for sale for a surcharge of 10 percent. Contact information Greg 0418 413 134 or Mick 0459 774 879.

Back to Trundle

The Anglican Parish of Trundle are hosting a “Back to Trundle Day” on October 23 commencing with a Service of Holy Communion at 10.30 followed by a BBQ at the Rectory. 

It is hoped past Parishioners of the Village Anglican Churches of Bogan Gate, Trundle, Fifield, Tullamore, Albert and Tottenham (when it was part of the Parish) will make an effort to return for the day and make it a great celebration.

Save the date

Trundle Anglican Parish a great place to be, Bogan Gate, Trundle, Fifield, Tullamore and Albert better places to live, go you good thing go! Be it Bush Tucker Day, ABBA Festival, Men’s Shed, the Christian Churches, Trundle Hotel, Services Club BnBs, Two great Schools and oh! Wow!

So much more. On March 18,  2017 “March into Tyrone Park Bogan Gate for Garden Fun for all the family. This will be a fun day not to forget.

Our posts for the day will be Rob and Marion McIntyre on behalf of the Trundle Anglican Church Parish.

Grab a raffle ticket-$1 each.

  • First Prize $500 worth of garden supplies.
  • Second prize two extra large planter pots value $200
  • Third prize $50 Bunnings Gift Card. 

BBQ lunch, wine tasting, games for the kids and the much older kids. 

Throw a gum boot, straw broom or just may be a cow pat oh no! Save the date, it will be an amazing day.


October 19, 7pm at Trundle Services and Citizens Club. All positions declared Vacant, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Canteen Manager, Ground Manager and General committee members.

Music Camp

You are invited to Music Camp, November 12-13 at Ridgecrest, Burrendong Dam. Quality tuition from experienced tutors and conductor Ben Mscpherson OAM. 

Sunday afternoon concert performed in CATHEDRAL CAVE (Wellington Caves).

Ideal for musicians, of strings, wind, brass instruments, who can read music, aged 8-80 (others considered). 

For more information contact Jen Kelly, 0417 697 770 or Mitchell Conservatorium 6852 3766. Registrations by October 19.

Swimming Club News

Registration Information, fees for this year. All members seven years and under (on the day of registration) are free.

This includes across the pool swimmers and lap swimmers. These members are apart of a new program called “Dolphins”.  

Upon joining, each member will receive a Dolphin Package including all the details about the new program. All other members joining (over seven years) are as follows, swimmers $70, non swimmers (includes across pool and adults) $25. 

If your child is only swimming across the pool then an adult MUST accompany them in the water. No adult, no swimming.

Our first swim meet is on November 4. On this day Kellylee Dunn will be available at the pool for advice on new registrations and membership if needed.

Registration emails for all previous members will be going out within the next fortnight.

The committee are pleased to advise through an Office of Sport and Recreation Grant and Trundle RSL Club, we have been able to purchase a complete new set of lane ropes for our club.

At our opening swim meet there will be a BBQ and presentation for the opening of our new Lanes Ropes. All community members are welcome.  

If you are able to RSVP (for catering purposes) to Kellylee 0401 583 761 or Rhonda 0477 699 256 this would be appreciated. Next swimming Club meeting is Thursday 13th Oct at 5pm

Also please remember we do need at least 8 parents help each week for swimming club to run.  Time keepers are always needed. Swimming Club can no run without parent help.

Trundle Junior Cricket

Milo cricket will commence this Wednesday at 5pm till 6pm. If your child is keen and has not registered please bring them along to enjoy the milo program.

 Any inquiries phone Graham Quade on 0488 920 003

Primary Cricket

Training will commence this Wednesday at 5pm.  So please bring your child along so we can start to work out numbers. Any inquiries phone Digger Anderson 0417 616 907

Secondary Cricket

Secondary cricket is up in the air at the moment as Condo only have one team.

A few parents and some senior players to which I have spoken have agreed that the kids will lose interest in playing the same team every second week.

I am attending a meeting in Condo on Monday night the October 10 to decide the future of secondary cricket and the draw which I believe may start this weekend depending on the flood damage. 

Any secondary player or parent wishing to express their opinion about the season are most welcome to phone me Geoff Jones 0428 921 292.


The Royal Far West is holding a Bingo day on Thursday, October 20. Starting a 10am at the Trundle Golf Club.  Everyone welcome

Life Member 

Congratulations to Mrs Marlene Mayall on receiving Life Membership with the Royal Far West while attending the annual conference in Manly this week.

The membership was in recognition of her continuous support and fundraising efforts for many years.

Marlene is a humble carrying woman who will lend a hand for any charitable organisation.

Well done Marlene very well deserved. 

Life Member: Congratulations to Mrs Marlene Mayall on receiving Life Membership with the Royal Far West.

Life Member: Congratulations to Mrs Marlene Mayall on receiving Life Membership with the Royal Far West.

Trundle and Tullamore news  

by Robin Blunden, Judy Martin and Elysse Coomes