Faith, family and shearing

FAITH AND FAMILY: Euroa’s Bill O’Connor sits down with Caroline Keenan to reflect on his life. PHOTO: Caroline Keenan

AT 76 Bill O’Connor probably has no right to present as the spritely, upright man he does.

That’s taking into account that he spent most of his working life bent over a sheep in shearing sheds between Euroa and the back of Bourke.

“Shearing is hard work. There’s no doubt about that but I am healthy and I put that down to genetics, mostly,” Bill said.

The former shearer, motel owner and shire councillor and mayor is taking time out from building his own private bowling green to reflect on what can only be described as ‘a life well lived’.

Bill was born in Ruffy and went to St John’s before finishing his schooling at Assumption College in Kilmore.

While school was no bother to him, like his father before him, Bill couldn’t resist the call of the shearing shed.

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