Saturday, 13th May, 2017
By Andrew Robertson
Tibooburra locals turned out in droves last week to farewell one of their own.
They gathered at the Church of the Corner on the sunny Saturday last for the funeral of Donald “Duck” Robertson who passed away on April 28 aged 79.
The retired machine operator and ranger was badly burned in an accident at his property on April 22 and passed away in Adelaide four days later.
People from surrounding stations, Broken Hill and further afield also travelled in to attend the service for a man described by one as “a bit of a bugger”.
The little church was packed to capacity and many of the 100-plus attendees had to stand outside to listen to the service which was broadcast over loudspeaker.
They heard Gary “Ripper” Radford and childhood friend John Bacich deliver the eulogy and friends, both past and present, tell stories about the gruff and quick-witted bushy who had a penchant for XXXX beer and port - and taking the piss.
After the service his casket, adorned with the Australian flag and dried flowers, was loaded into the back of his old Toyota tray top and he was taken on one last lap of the village where he was born.
Dozens of vehicles then followed the make-shift hearse out to the nearby cemetery where people said their final farewells to the man simply known as Duck.