From Morse code to the home brew
TWEED Heads local Allan Green turned 80 yesterday.
Allan was born and grew up at Boyds Bay in a reconstructed WWI soldier settlement house, which only had a wood stove and ice box.
There were no washing machines, fridges or running hot water back in 1929.
His father Charles (Carl) Green was a legendary fishermen of the Tweed who hawked fish from Tweed Heads to Miami during which Allan as a small child would help.
His mother Florence Boyd (born at Fingal) was a popular lady of the Tweed and sister to the famous Boyd Brothers fishermen.
He attended the local public school in Tweed Heads and at 15 years of age started working in Coraki delivering telegrams.
At 18 he completed a postal clerk’s course in Sydney and was qualified in sending and receiving Morse code, typing and postal knowledge.
He started his post office career relieving at Murwillumbah, Ballina and Kyogle.
He then held positions at Palm Beach and Tweed Heads where he spent most of the next 40 years with Australia Post until he retired at age 65 years.
Allan was pictured in the Daily News in 1962 sending the first telegram on the new teleprinter that was installed at the Tweed Heads Post Office.
In 1962 Allan married Valerie Rourke, a local lady who worked next to the Tweed Post Office at Morley’s Chemist. Allan and Val had five children: Annette, Jon, Bill , Tony and Carolyn.
1n 1972 they settled in a house at West Tweed Heads where they lived for nearly 30 years.
In the early 1970s Allan started a second job on Saturdays at the Raceway before it moved to Kirra.
He joined the Twin Towns Services Swimming Club in 1970, was race secretary for 10 years then assistant treasurer for 10 years.
After leaving the Post Office Allan worked part time at Twin Towns Services Club on the clearance staff with the Bookie’s Clerk position at Border Park Raceway.
He retired in 1995 and was active in the Boyd’s Shed Restoration Committee as secretary treasurer.
Allan has seen a lot of change on the Tweed in the past 80 years but still enjoys the simple things.
He continues to be highly skilled in Morse code (a favourite pastime showing his grandkids) and highly skilled in the production of home brew.
But his love of the Tweed has never let him stray, enjoying the relaxing lifestyle with his family and friends.