In the rear view mirror…

A friend recently requested I do some research for her on members of her family about whom she knew very little.  I was pleased to help her as I love to get stuck in to a task that will bring pleasure to someone whom I know is need of cheering up.

Imagine my delight at the underlying humour of this delightful newspaper article I found whilst searching her family story…..

Mr Ricketts vs Ram
Mr Ricketts vs Ram



  Mr. W. Ricketts, of Crossville,  is over 80, but they don’t come any tougher.        

Last week he was fastening   the tailboard of a truck loaded with rams when one of the animals charged and butted him on the forehead. Our Cleve correspondent reports that apart from a rather sore head, Mr. Ricketts is unaffected and still attends to his routine work.

The condition of the ram is not known.    

Hard-headed!. (1951, August 2). Port Lincoln Times (SA : 1927 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved March 12, 2015, from

Postscript: Mr Ricketts continued farming for a few more years – living to 86 years.


Author: Robbie

There's a whole new direction to the creative pursuits undertaken by Robbie - writing, photography, genealogy, gardening and, just because she can, a return to study at university. Still dabbling in textiles, volunteering, tutoring and solving the design dilemmas of her students.

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