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Norman Ronald Herbert

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1926

Born in Marion, South Australia to Herbert Arthur and Elsie Norman.

Moved to Underdale in 1938.

He attended Brighton Primary and left school early to work in the family market garden due to labour shortage.

Enlisted aged 17 at Port Adelaide and called up at 18 into the Royal Australian Navy. Joined the SS Manoora, a requisitioned ex-Adsteam coastal trader and involved in 4 landings of 1500 troops. Later repatriated occupation troops from Japan and witnessed firsthand the devastation of Hiroshima. On discharge from the navy he rejoined the family business.

In 1951 land was purchased at Gawler River and 120 acres was planted with vines. Ron’s vineyard was his pride and joy, spotless and tidy. With brother Len they employed Wolf Blass as a consultant and were very successful in wine shows. He became an avid fermenter of many substrates with lemon being his favourite.

On the 6th October 1951 Ron married Margaret Jessie Dixon. They had two children, David and Dianne. Most important in his life were his family , relatives and friends.

Ron moved to Gawler in 1955 and in 1957 at the invitation of Bruce Eastick he joined the Rotary Club of Gawler, which became a popular part of his and Margaret’s social life involving service projects, ladies nights and conferences. For many years he maintained an attendance record of 100%, was twice winner of the “stirrer’s” spoon, and held the office of club President for the 1971-72 year.

Ron was also a long standing member of Gawler RSL and very active in a variety of community committees and clubs. He enjoyed many sports including football, tennis, and cricket as well as motor and motor cycle racing.

In retirement he drove the Health Service community bus for 15 years taking “all his girlfriends” shopping and to appointments. With Ron what you saw was usually what you got, whilst behind the apparent gruff and grumpy exterior there lay a soul of kindness and good humour.

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Ron Norman wines
Ron Norman wines
Ron Norman at RSL Gawler
Ron Norman at RSL Gawler
Norman funeral brochure
Norman funeral brochure

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