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".