Mandandanji man celebrates 90th birthday
GORDON Munn was born in Charleville in 1926 under a pine tree by the side of the road because his mother wasn't 'welcome in the hospital during those days'.
The Mandandanji man celebrated his 90th birthday last weekend and he recalled his momentous welcoming to the word and what was evidently his first experience of the injustices faced by his people.
Having grown up in Charleville and now residing in Roma, Mr Munn has never strayed from the south-west area.
"My grass roots are in Charleville,” Mr Munn said.
"I've always lived in the south-west and have never wanted to live anywhere else.”
Mr Munn is the middle child of seven, with three brothers and three sisters.
"The best thing about today is that I have my family here to celebrate with me,” he said.
"They have come from all around with some coming from Toowoomba, Warwick and Ipswich.”
Mr Munn said it was not often that his family were all together so it was special to have everyone there.
The gathering for Mr Munn's birthday also brought together four generations of their family and number of his and his wife Ethel's great-grandchildren.
When asked if he was going to be celebrating his birthday well in to the evening, Mr Munn replied with a firm no.
"After all this I'm going to need a good rest,” he said.
"I think I'm overdue for a nap.”