He was old and lean, even rangy, perhaps a little demented, and rode an old pushbike around our little, country town. Some called him our “geriatric biker”. Few really knew him.
When he died I was asked to conduct the funeral. I invited a friend, a “local”, to research his eulogy.
She unearthed old photographs of a proud man, wearing a ten gallon hat, sitting tall in the saddle on a station horse. Our geriatric biker had managed some of the largest stations in Australia.
We took him to our bush cemetery on the hill behind the town, overlooking the seemingly endless arid northern plain where he had lived and worked. By request of the family he was buried to the country song “Leave Him In The Longyard”.
"Leave Him In The Longyard" is an Australian country and western song made famous by the late Slim Dusty.