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Colin James (Dig) ASHBY

Colin James (Dig) ASHBY

Male 1918 - 2001  (82 years)

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  • Name Colin James (Dig) ASHBY  [1
    Nickname Dig 
    Born 16 Dec 1918  Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • The BRB has the place of birth as Rosaville (where is this?) whereas Dianne Facey has it as Mt Gambier.
    • Lornas search for Rosaville SA in PLACES EDIT CHECK only offers Rosaville as a garden, hotel and general store in Mt Gambier. Until further info offered altering to birth place=Mt Gambier.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes
    • Colin James Ashby born 16/12/1918 at Kongorong, S.A. 4th child of Maria (Mary) nee McLean and James Ashby.
      Colin's nickname - "Dig".
      Occupation: Farmer of Kongorong, S.A.
      Married: Muriel Ethel Keckwick (b. 22/9/1921).
      Death: Muriel died 8/9/1987 in her 66th year.
      lnterred at Mt Gambler. S.A.

      "Dig" lost the sight of one eye when a staple flew from a fence so was refused enlistment for W.W.2. He found work at the Cheese Factory. Until he and Gwen built a home for themselves at Mt Schank. they lived at different houses in the Kongorong district and milked cows.

      Dig retired to Nene Valley to continue his love of fishing and his son Gary took over the farm. He has an enviable sporting record. He played football for several clubs and was a skillful wing man. He was on the original 1953 Committee when the Kongorong Football Club was formed (and continued on it for 30 years). He also played full forward and amassed 117 goals, still the record for this club. He was President for 7 years. All Ashbys played cricket with Dig no exception. He was renowned for fast bowling and even faster scoring. The story is told about the six he hit that ended up at the Bellum Hotel 18 kilometres away There was a utility truck passing when he hit it... He is still a great darts player.

      At the end of the (shortened) published account of his sporting activities he asked the writer to include:- "Wanted: Secondhand Hang Glider. Must be in good condition Contact C J. Ashby at Nene Valley".

      Children.......................................................:
    Occupation Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Died 1 Mar 2001  Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I-4634  Christina and Donald McLean | Archibald McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2018 

    Father James Edward ASHBY,   b. 30 Nov 1889, Tantanoola SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1967, Port MacDonnell Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship -1485 
    Mother Maria Mabel MCLEAN,   b. 27 Oct 1891, Beulah Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1981, Allendale SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship -1485 
    Married 2 Dec 1914  Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F-1485  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Muriel Ethel KECKWICK,   b. 22 Sep 1921,   d. 8 Sep 1987  (Age 65 years) 
    Children 
     1. LJ A
     2. GJ A
     3. Rhonda Frances ASHBY,   b. 29 Oct 1945,   d. 28 Mar 1946  (Age 0 years)
     4. SY A
     5. SM A
    Last Modified 10 Dec 2013 04:34:00 
    Family ID F-1514  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

    Stories
    1995 - Colin James Ashby & Muriel Ethel Keckwick
    1995 - Colin James Ashby & Muriel Ethel Keckwick
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-148] FS Dianne Facey - ID 4624 - further evidence welcome, Worksheet 29 on 3rd March 2018 - inputted by Don Gordon on 9th March 2018.
      Details provided by Dianne are held in the records of the C&D McLean Committee. These records are accessible via 'Contact us' on the homepage and will eventually be available at the Strathalbyn NTSA.