CHARLES COLEMAN, A KEY FIGURE IN THE PROVISION OF RECREATION AND HOUSING IN THE RAPIDLY GROWING ROSEBUD (VIC., AUST.)
Coleman Crescent, north of Rosebud Secondary College, and the name of the Rosebud Sea Scouts Hall on the foreshore give a hint of the importance of Charles Coleman to the emerging suburb. "Bogies and Birdies", the original history of the Rosebud Country Club written by Charles in 1970 provides further evidence, although his own name is mentioned only in a list including such as Tom Maw and Maynard Crichton; as the example re the sea scout hall below shows, he always downplayed his own part in his achievements and gave due credit to those who helped him. Bettyanne Foster's STORIES OF ROSEBUD WEST, available from the Community Hub next to the Eastbourne Primary School, is full of detail about the Coleman estates as well as the memories of Charles' son Ronald.
What prompted this journal was a request from a friend to write a history of the Rosebud Sea Scouts and the discovery that the names of the first four life members of the country club were given in the wrong order under the photo which can be accessed by googling ROSEBUD COUNTRY CLUB HISTORY. Hopefully this will soon be corrected.
That reminded me of an article which I'd read some years ago that showed the character of the man, how he could inspire others to achieve their potential and never give up. I had trouble relocating the article but how could I be a quitter; I'm not even blind!
Blind, but can still play golf
A COMPLETELY blind former airman,Donald Farquhar, of Rosebud, hit drives up to 250 yards while playing golf here today. Now he says he intends to take up golf seriously again. Farquhar lost his sight when his bomber was struck with flack over a Rabaul airfield in September, 1942.
He is holidaying here with his wife and with Mr. and Mrs. C. Coleman, of Rosebud. The Colemans are members of the Rye Golf Club, and came here for a golfing holiday. Farquhar caddied for them last week. Then he had a few swings himself and said he thought he could play by remembering his golfing experience before the war.
Today he completed the last four of l8 holes in par figures. Coleman told him how long the fairway was and the
direction of the hole. At the greens, Coleman rattled the pin in the cup to tell him where the hole was.
(P.3, Argus, 4-7-1951.)
When he was being complimented about the recently-erected sea scout hall, he wasted no time in deflecting most of the plaudits to the Carnival committee, whose leading lights, according to Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD, were Cr.Forest Edmond (Joe) Wood and Bart Rogers.
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Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.