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This profile was last updated on 9/24/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Draftsman

International Harvester
 
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George Grenda, who later ...
www.rlcnews.com.au, 24 Sept 2011 [cached]
George Grenda, who later started Grenda's Busline, collected the cans of milk each day. George helped his mother to hand-milk about twenty jersey cows for about a year before the family could afford to buy a secondhand "bucket" milking system from Ron Pearson who lived in the house that is still on the rise just east of the Dandenong Creek in Wellington Road.
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Reg dug a well with the assistance of his brother in law, Tom Harding, to supply water for the cooling tank and then every day George had to hand pump sufficient water to fill it.
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However, George dreaded the frosty mornings when the herd remained in the comparative warmth of a clump of trees at the bottom of the paddock and he'd have to ride his bike down through the frost to round them up. The milking machine was started with petrol and then switched over to power kerosene. On the frosty mornings, of course, the machine could be very difficult to start. A chip heater had to be lit and kept burning to provide boiling water to clean out the milking equipment. The milk inspector called in often so everything had to be spick and span at all times. The worst job was having to scrupulously clean every filter in the cream separator. All the work involved kept George and his mother extremely busy every day of the week. By 1947 George had commenced secondary education at Dandenong High School but always had difficulty finding the time to do his homework. As well, this was still the time of kerosene lamps so having to read and write by that sort of light was not easy. Electricity came to Roivville in 1948 and George to this day associates the switching on with the delicious smell of hot apple dumplings cooked by Win on that special day.
Scoresby Football Club At the end of the war regular sporting competitions got underway again and Reg and his brother Leo became heavily involved with the Scoresby Football Club. Leo acted as a trainer for many years while Reg was the boot studder. When George grew older he played with the club for many years until a bad head injury made him decide him to end his playing days in 1961. He went out on a high note as he won the club's Best and Fairest award that year and was made a Life Member to acknowledge his service to the club. In the following year George took up umpiring with the VFL and thoroughly enjoyed this new "career" that took him all over the state and into NSW, Tasmania and South Australia, umpiring in the major country leagues. He was promoted to the position of emergency umpire for the VFL city matches on a number of occasions and almost took to the field at Kardinia Park for the match of the day between Ceelong and Hawthorn but at the last minute the late arriving designated umpire Peter Sheales rushed in, thwarting George's chance of glory.
Career and Family George left Dandenong High at the end of Year 11 and commenced work as a draftsman with International Harvester. He served his time in National Service at Puckapunyal in 1953 and at the end of that Aimee Seebeck's father, Ernie Sneddon, found him a job with the Royal Exchange Insurance Company. The following year he moved to Mercantile Mutual and worked for them until his retirement in December 2000. George's father Reg had finished his working life as an employee of the Ordish Fire Brick Company in Dandenong.
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George and Elaine have three children: Michelle, Andrew and Rodney and five grandchildren: Ashlee, Daniel, Tom, Tiffany and Kieran.
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George and Elaine live in Mount Waverley with the company of a giant gum tree in their front garden to remind them of old Rowville days.
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Nellie Gill is the grand daughter of George and Mary Ann Gill who settled in Rowville on a 155 acre property south of Wellington Road in 1857.
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George called the property "Somerset Farm" after the county of his birth in England.
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Thomas had inherited 80 of the 155 acres of Somerset Farm on the death of his father George.
RLHP Local Stories: GEORGE GILL REMEMBERS
www.rlcnews.org.au, 12 May 2006 [cached]
George Grenda, who later started Grenda's Busline, collected the cans of milk each day. George helped his mother to hand-milk about twenty jersey cows for about a year before the family could afford to buy a secondhand "bucket" milking system from Ron Pearson who lived in the house that is still on the rise just east of the Dandenong Creek in Wellington Road.
...
Reg dug a well with the assistance of his brother in law, Tom Harding, to supply water for the cooling tank and then every day George had to hand pump sufficient water to fill it.
...
However, George dreaded the frosty mornings when the herd remained in the comparative warmth of a clump of trees at the bottom of the paddock and he'd have to ride his bike down through the frost to round them up. The milking machine was started with petrol and then switched over to power kerosene. On the frosty mornings, of course, the machine could be very difficult to start. A chip heater had to be lit and kept burning to provide boiling water to clean out the milking equipment. The milk inspector called in often so everything had to be spick and span at all times. The worst job was having to scrupulously clean every filter in the cream separator. All the work involved kept George and his mother extremely busy every day of the week. By 1947 George had commenced secondary education at Dandenong High School but always had difficulty finding the time to do his homework. As well, this was still the time of kerosene lamps so having to read and write by that sort of light was not easy. Electricity came to Roivville in 1948 and George to this day associates the switching on with the delicious smell of hot apple dumplings cooked by Win on that special day.
Scoresby Football Club At the end of the war regular sporting competitions got underway again and Reg and his brother Leo became heavily involved with the Scoresby Football Club. Leo acted as a trainer for many years while Reg was the boot studder. When George grew older he played with the club for many years until a bad head injury made him decide him to end his playing days in 1961. He went out on a high note as he won the club's Best and Fairest award that year and was made a Life Member to acknowledge his service to the club. In the following year George took up umpiring with the VFL and thoroughly enjoyed this new "career" that took him all over the state and into NSW, Tasmania and South Australia, umpiring in the major country leagues. He was promoted to the position of emergency umpire for the VFL city matches on a number of occasions and almost took to the field at Kardinia Park for the match of the day between Ceelong and Hawthorn but at the last minute the late arriving designated umpire Peter Sheales rushed in, thwarting George's chance of glory.
Career and Family George left Dandenong High at the end of Year 11 and commenced work as a draftsman with International Harvester. He served his time in National Service at Puckapunyal in 1953 and at the end of that Aimee Seebeck's father, Ernie Sneddon, found him a job with the Royal Exchange Insurance Company. The following year he moved to Mercantile Mutual and worked for them until his retirement in December 2000. George's father Reg had finished his working life as an employee of the Ordish Fire Brick Company in Dandenong.
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George and Elaine have three children: Michelle, Andrew and Rodney and five grandchildren: Ashlee, Daniel, Tom, Tiffany and Kieran.
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George and Elaine live in Mount Waverley with the company of a giant gum tree in their front garden to remind them of old Rowville days.
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